John McKee (American football)

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John McKee
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1877-07-26)July 26, 1877
Raleigh, North Carolina
Died April 22, 1950(1950-04-22) (aged 72)
Morganton, North Carolina
Playing career
1897–1898 North Carolina
Position(s) Tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1899–1900 North Carolina A&M
1901 Georgia Tech
1901 Georgia (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 5–7–3

John S. McKee (July 26, 1877 – April 22, 1950) was an American football coach and a physician. He served as the head football coach at North Carolina A&M (now North Carolina State) and Georgia Tech.

McKee was born and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, the son of Dr. James McKee and Mildred Sasser McKee. He received his secondary education at the Raleigh Male Academy. McKee enrolled at the University of North Carolina and played on the North Carolina football team from 1897 to 1898 as tackle. While at the school, he was also a member of the Zeta Psi Fraternity.

After graduation, McKee coached at North Carolina A&M from 1899 to 1900 to a record 1–7–2. In 1901, he coached at Georgia Tech and did much better, finishing with a record of 4–0–1. After Georgia Tech's season ended, McKee joined the Georgia football staff in their preparation against Auburn.[1] Incidentally, McKee sued the Georgia Institute of Technology in June 1902 for breach of contract for the amount of $500.

Following his football coaching career, he received a medical degree from the University of Maryland in 1907, and entered into medical practice in his hometown of Raleigh. During World War I, McKee achieved the rank of major in the American Expeditionary Forces as a field surgeon with the 1st Gas Regiment. McKee returned to Raleigh after the war where he was the city physician until 1948. “Dr. John” was very well known throughout the state of North Carolina for his gruff but compassionate sense of humor and his propensity to curse. He loved to drive a T-Model Ford automobile. When Ford discontinued the car, McKee refused to drive any longer despite the fact he was issued a new Buick every year by the Raleigh city fathers, and police officers and firemen took him on his rounds every morning. McKee died in Morganton, North Carolina on April 22, 1950, at the home of his son, Dr. John S. McKee III, superintendent of the Broughton State Mental Hospital.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
North Carolina A&M (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1899–1900)
1899 North Carolina A&M 1–3–2 0–2–2 T–12th
1900 North Carolina A&M 0–4 0–1 T–13th
North Carolina A&M: 1–7–2 0–3–2
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1901)
1901 Georgia Tech 4–0–1 2–0–1 T–2nd
Georgia Tech: 4–0–1 2–0–1
Total: 5–7–3


  1. ^ "Georgia is Preparing for Supreme Strength". The Atlanta Constitution. November 25, 1901. p. 8. 

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