J. Quinn Decker

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J. Quinn Decker
Sport(s) College football
Biographical details
Born October 29, 1907
Died December 20, 1987(1987-12-20) (aged 80)
Playing career
1928–1930 Tennessee
Position(s) Fullback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1938 Centre College
1946-1952 The Citadel
Head coaching record
Overall 23-39-1

James Quinn Decker (October 29, 1907 – December 20, 1987)[1] was a college football player, coach, and sports figure in the United States.

Playing career[edit]

Decker played Fullback for the University of Tennessee Volunteers. He later became an assistant coach at the school.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

High school coaching[edit]

Before coaching in college, Decker had coached football at the high school level[3] at Central High School in Knoxville, Tennessee.[4]

Centre College[edit]

Decker was the head coach of the Centre College Praying Colonels in Danville, Kentucky from 1938[5] until completion of the 1941 season.[6]

The Citadel[edit]

Quinn was the 11th head college football coach for The Citadel Bulldogs located in Charleston, South Carolina and he held that position for seven seasons, from 1946 until 1952. His career coaching record at The Citadel was 23 wins, 39 losses, and 1 ties. This ranks him eighth at The Citadel in total wins and 19th at The Citadel in winning percentage.[7]


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