Joseph Lightner

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Joseph Lightner
Biographical details
Born(1900-07-25)July 25, 1900
Marysville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedJune 6, 1988(1988-06-06) (aged 87)
Middletown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Playing career
1920–1921Penn State
1922Frankford Yellow Jackets
1919–1922Penn State
1923–1924Reading Keystones
1926Harrisburg Senators
Position(s)Halfback (football)
Outfielder (baseball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record

Joseph Keith Lightner (July 25, 1900 – June 6, 1988)[1] was an American football player and coach. He served as the 18th head football coach at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and he held that position for three seasons, from 1923 until 1925.[2] His record at Dickinson was 17–7–2.[3] Lightner took over the second half of the 1923 season after B. Russell Murphy resigned with an 0–2 start.[4]

Professional athlete[edit]

Lightner played football professionally in 1922 for the Frankford Yellow Jackets before the team joined the National Football League. He also played baseball professionally for the Reading team in the International League from 1921 (as "William Lightner") to 1925.[5]


  1. ^ [user-generated source]
  2. ^ Centennial Conference Archived October 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine "2008 Centennial Conference Football Prospectus"
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 13, 2008. Retrieved December 17, 2007.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Dickinson College Football Records[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Gobrecht, Wilbur J. (1971). The History of Football at Dickinson College 1885-1969. Chambersburg, PA: The Kerr Printing Co. p. 151.

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