John D. Schwender

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John D. Schwender
Sport(s) Football
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1899–1900 Carroll (WI)
1904–1905 Carroll (WI)
Head coaching record
Overall 15–9–2

John D. Schwender was an American college football coach. Due to significant injuries to his players during practice, the faculty of his school forced the discontinuation of the football program for one year.

Carroll College[edit]

Schwender was the fifth head football coach at Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin and he held that position for two seasons, from 1899 until 1900 and then returning from 1904 until 1905. His career coaching record at Carroll College was 15–9–2.[1]

Discontinuation of 1903[edit]

Carroll college hired Mark D. Nave as head coach after Schwender stepped down. Due to an abundance of injuries during football practice in 1903, the school started to disband the program. Five students were injured in a ten-day period.[2] The incident was deemed so severe that the school chose to forbid the game. The decision was made after voting first by the football team and then of the students of the college.[3] At first, both the players and students voted to keep playing against the wishes of the faculty. The student body eventually gave in to the faculty demands and the team was forced to disband.[4]

The team reorganized and play picked back up for the next season in 1904 with coach Schwender taking over as head coach.[5]


  1. ^ Carroll University Archived 2006-05-16 at the Wayback Machine. Football coaching records
  2. ^ St. John Daily Sun "Football Forbidden" October 20, 1903
  3. ^ The Washington Post "Wisconsin College Bars Football" October 18, 1903
  4. ^ Chicago Daily Tribune "Ban Put On Football" October 17, 1903
  5. ^ The Waukesha Freeman "Foot Ball Team Reorganizes" September 29, 1904