John R. Richards
February 24, 1875|
|Died||October 28, 1947
Los Angeles, California
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|1 OAC (1912)|
John Robertson "Big John" Richards (February 24, 1875 – October 28, 1947) was an American football player, coach, educator, and public administrator. He served as the head coach at Colorado College (1905–1909), the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1911, 1917, 1919–1922), and Ohio State University (1912), compiling a career college football record of 58–21–8.
Richards' 1912 season at Ohio State was notable for his action of pulling his team from the field during a loss to Penn State due to rough play. This action was widely ridiculed in contemporary newspapers by commentary such as "Coach Richards of Ohio State, who took his team off the field Saturday because he declared Penn State was too rough, evidently was never on Lake Erie on a choppy sea."
In 1904, Richards was appointed as the principal of a high school in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Previously he had been a high school football coach and economics instructor in Dubuque, Iowa and a principal of military academies in Minnesota and Missouri. After retiring from coaching, Richards was a director of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District, a part of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, from 1929 to 1947. He died on October 28, 1947 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 72.
Head coaching record
|Colorado College Tigers (Independent) (1905–1909)|
|Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Conference) (1911)|
|Ohio State Buckeyes (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1912)|
|Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Conference) (1917)|
|Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Conference) (1919–1922)|
- "RANDOM SHOTS". Toledo News-Bee. November 18, 1912. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
- "JOHN RICHARDS ADVANCED; Is Elected Principal of Colorado Springs High School for 1905". Telegraph Herald. June 3, 1904. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
- "THE METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009" (PDF). Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. p. 29. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
- AP (October 29, 1947). "John R. Ricards". The New York Times. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
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