John from the 1973 Bomb
|Born||June 17, 1919|
|Died||October 15, 1974(aged 55)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1946–1958||Moberly Area CC|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|3 MVC regular season (1969–1971)|
4× MVC Coach of the Year (1964, 1968–1970)|
USBWA Coach of the Year (1969)
Maurice E. John (June 17, 1919 – October 15, 1974) was an American college basketball coach at Drake University and Iowa State University. He led Drake University to the 1969 Final Four where they gave powerhouse UCLA a scare, eventually losing by three points, then winning the consolation game to claim third place. He became known for his "belly-button" defense.
John is a member of The Des Moines Sunday Register's Iowa Sports Hall of Fame. He died of cancer on October 15, 1974 at the age of 55. John is also a member of the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame. During John's last season at Iowa State his only loss came to the hands of his former team, Drake, 61–60. His son is in fact named John E. John.
Head coaching record
|Drake Bulldogs (Missouri Valley Conference) (1958–1971)|
|1963–64||Drake||21–7||10–2||T–1st||NIT Second Round|
|1968–69||Drake||26–5||13–3||T–1st||NCAA University Division Third Place|
|1969–70||Drake||22–7||14–2||1st||NCAA University Division Elite Eight|
|1970–71||Drake||21-8||9–5||T–1st||NCAA University Division Elite Eight|
|Iowa State Cyclones (Big Eight Conference) (1971–1974)|
Postseason invitational champion
- Brown, Rick (27 June 2005). "Maury John, Drake University, 1995". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2 December 2013.