John L. Griffith

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John L. Griffith
John L Griffith.jpg
Griffith pictured in The Quax 1918, Drake yearbook
Sport(s) Football, baseball, basketball, track
Biographical details
Born (1877-08-20)August 20, 1877
Mount Carroll, Illinois
Died December 7, 1944(1944-12-07) (aged 67)
Chicago, Illinois
Playing career
?–1902 Beloit
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1905–1907 Morningside
1908–1915 Drake
Basketball
1909–1910 Drake
1912–1914 Drake
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1902–1905 Yankton
1905–1908 Morningside
1908–1918 Drake
1922–1944 Big Ten (commissioner)
Head coaching record
Overall 49–31–7 (football)

John L. Griffith (August 20, 1877 – December 7, 1944) was an American football, basketball, and baseball player, track athlete, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the first commissioner of the Big Ten Conference from 1922 until his death in 1944.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Morningside[edit]

Griffith was the head football coach at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa for three seasons, from 1905 until 1907. His coaching record at Morningside was 13–6–4.[2]

Drake[edit]

Griffith was the tenth head football coach at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, serving for eight seasons, from 1908 until 1915, compiling a record of 36–25–3.[3] During his time at Drake, he created the Drake Relays, in 1910.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schmidt, Ray (2000). "Major John Griffith" (PDF). College Football Historical Society Newsletter. LA 84 Foundation. 13 (2). Retrieved November 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ DeLassus, David. "Morningside Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on October 20, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ DeLassus, David. "Drake Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on July 27, 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010.