John A. Warren

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John Warren
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Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball, track
Biographical details
Born (1904-11-10)November 10, 1904
La Grande, Oregon
Died March 10, 1981(1981-03-10) (aged 76)
Los Angeles, California
Playing career
1926–1927 Oregon
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1936–1941 Oregon (freshmen)
1942 Oregon
1944–1945 Oregon
1947–1951 Oregon
Head coaching record
Overall 2–6 (football)
87–76 (basketball)
Tournaments 1–1 (NCAA)
Accomplishments and honors
1 PCC (1945)

John Albert "Honest John"[1] Warren (November 10, 1904 – March 10, 1981) was an American football player and coach of football, basketball, baseball, and track. He served as the head football coach the University of Oregon for one season in 1942, tallying a mark of 2–6, and as the head basketball coach at Oregon for five seasons (1944–1945, 1947–1951), compiling a record of 87–76.

Early life and coaching career[edit]

Warren was born in La Grande, Oregon and was raised on a farm near Helix, Oregon. He played on the Oregon Ducks football team in 1926 and 1927.

Warren coached high school basketball at Astoria High School, leading the Fishermen and its two stars Bobby Anet and Wally Johansen to two consecutive state championships in 1934 and 1935.[2] In 1935, Warren was hired as the freshman basketball coach at the University of Oregon, where he coached Johansen and Anet who had enrolled at the school. Four years later, Johansen and Anet were the core of Oregon's 1939 national championship team.[3]

Warren founded John Warren Sporting Goods after purchasing a local hardware store in 1951. The store went out of business shortly after his death in 1981.[4]


Warren died in Los Angeles on March 10, 1981 after suffering a heart attack on February 26, 1981 while on vacation in Mexico.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Oregon Ducks (Pacific Coast Conference) (1942)
1942 Oregon 2–6 2–5 8th
Oregon: 2–6 2–5
Total: 2–6


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Oregon Ducks (Pacific Coast Conference) (1944–1945)
1944–45 Oregon 30–15 11–5 T–1st (North) NCAA Regional Third Place
Oregon Ducks (Pacific Coast Conference) (1947–1951)
1947–48 Oregon 18–11 8–8 4th (North)
1948–49 Oregon 12–18 7–9 T–3rd (North)
1949–50 Oregon 9–19 6–10 5th (North)
1950–51 Oregon 18–13 10–6 2nd (North)
Oregon: 87–76 42–38
Total: 87–76

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "John Warren". University of Oregon. Retrieved December 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tall Firs' captain dies in Portland". Eugene Register-Guard. July 25, 1981. pp. B1–B2. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ Wadsworth, Lois (March 4, 2004). "Hometown History: local sports champions". Eugene Weekly. Retrieved July 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Eugene Register Guard-March 11, 1981". 
  5. ^ UPI (March 11, 1981). "Legendary John Warren dies in LA". The Bulletin. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 

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