J. Quinn Decker

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J. Quinn Decker
Sport(s) Football, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1907-10-29)October 29, 1907
Died December 20, 1987(1987-12-20) (aged 80)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Playing career
1928–1930 Tennessee
Position(s) Fullback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1932–1934 Knox Country Central HS (TN)
1935–1937 Centre (backfield)
1938–1941 Centre
1944–1945 Third Air Force
1946–1952 The Citadel
1936–1937 Centre (freshmen)
1937–? Centre
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1946–1953 The Citadel
Head coaching record
Overall 37–56–3 (college football)

James Quinn Decker (October 29, 1907 – December 20, 1987)[1] was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach Centre College from 1938 to 1941 and at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina from 1946 to 1952, compiling a career college football coaching record of 37–56–3.

Playing career[edit]

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

Coaching career[edit]

High school coaching[edit]

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

Centre College[edit]

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

The Citadel[edit]

Quinn was the 11th head football coach at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, serving for seven seasons, from 1946 until 1952, and compiling a record of 23–39–1.[7]


  1. ^ J. Quinn Decker's obituary
  2. ^ NCAA News January 6, 1988
  3. ^ Tennessee Volunteers: Colorful Tales of the Orange and White By Randy Moore, (c) 2006, page 45
  4. ^ Fountain Citians Who Made A Difference
  5. ^ Lakeland Ledger "Former Citadel Coach Dies" December 22, 1987
  6. ^ Centre College Archived February 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Football coaches
  7. ^ Citadel Coaching Records Archived April 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.