John C. Karel

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John C. Karel
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1873-02-28)February 28, 1873
Schuyler, Nebraska
Died December 3, 1938(1938-12-03) (aged 65)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Playing career
1892 Wisconsin
1894–1896 Wisconsin
1898 Wisconsin
c. 1895 Wisconsin
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1896 Lawrence
Head coaching record
Overall 3–2–1

John Colonel "Ikey" Karel (February 28, 1873 – December 3, 1938) was an American politician, judge, lawyer, and college football player and coach.

Early life and athletic career[edit]

Karel was born on February 28, 1873 in Schuyler, Nebraska. He moved to Wisconsin in 1874 and attended high school in Kewaunee, Wisconsin before graduating from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1895 and moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While at University of Wisconsin, Karel was a football player and a baseball player for the Wisconsin Badgers.[1][2] Karel also coached the football team at Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1896.[3]

Political career[edit]

Karel was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1901 and was a Democrat. Additionally, he was twice an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, losing to incumbent Francis E. McGovern in 1912 and to Emanuel L. Philipp in 1914. In 1916, he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. From 1907 until his death in 1938, Karel served as Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Court judge. Karel died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[4][5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Lawrence Vikings (Independent) (1896)
1896 Lawrence 3–2–1
Lawrence: 3–2–1
Total: 3–2–1


  1. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1901,' Biographical Sketch of John C. Karel, pg. 757
  2. ^ 'Judge "Ikey" Karel Dies in Milwaukee,' Wisconsin State Journal, December 7, 1938, pg. 1
  3. ^ 'Great Foot Ball Day,' Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, October 19, 1896, pg. 2
  4. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1901,' Biographical Sketch of John C. Karelm pg. 757
  5. ^ 'Judge "Ikey" Karel Dies in Milwaukee,' Wisconsin State Journal, December 5, 1938, pg. 1

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