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John J. Corbett

John J. Corbett
Portrait of Corbett from Walter Camp's 1894 book, American Football
Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1869-11-15)November 15, 1869
Boston, Massachusetts
Died February 21, 1947(1947-02-21) (aged 77)
Laramie, Wyoming
Playing career

Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)



Holy Cross (MA) (interim HC)


Head coaching record
Overall 16–44–3 (football)
40–45 (basketball)
12–12 (baseball)
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
All-American, 1890

John J. Corbett (November 15, 1869 – February 21, 1947) was an American football player and coach of multiple sports. He played football for Harvard University from 1890 to 1893 and was selected as one of the two halfbacks on the 1890 College Football All-America Team. He graduated from Harvard in 1894 and received a master's degree from Ohio University in 1910. Corbett went on to coach football in Ohio, Oklahoma and Wyoming.[1] In 1914, he moved to Wyoming where he coached all of the athletic teams, including football, basketball, baseball, and track and field, for the University of Wyoming from 1914 to 1924.[2] He remained the university's director of physical education until his retirement in September 1939.[3][4] He became known as Wyoming's "Grand Old Man of Athletics."[5][6] In October 1931, the University of Wyoming's athletic ground was named Corbett Field in his honor.[7][8] Corbett died on February 21, 1947 of an apparent heart attack at his home in Laramie, Wyoming; he was 77 years old.[2][9]


  1. ^ Dean Snyder (1920-10-19). "Claims Cowboys Are Good Grid Men: University of Wyoming Football Coach Likes Spirit of His Team". Appleton Post-Crescent. 
  2. ^ a b "Old Ohio Grid Star Is Dead". Evening Independent (Masillon, Ohio). 1947-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Former Wyoming Grid Coach Dies". Times Recorder (Zanesville, OH). 1947-02-22. 
  4. ^ "Wyoming Athletic Head Will Retire". San Antonio Light. 1939-07-02. 
  5. ^ "Corbett, 77, Dead". Ogden Standard-Examiner. 1947-02-22. 
  6. ^ "1891 All-American Gridder Found Dead". Marion Star (Associated Press). 1947-02-22. 
  7. ^ "Utah Ags Spoil Wyoming Festival, 12-0". Billings Gazette. 1931-10-25. 
  8. ^ "Wyoming Names Athletic Field". Greeley Daily Tribune. 1931-09-26. 
  9. ^ AP (February 22, 1947). "JOHN CORBETT; Ex-Coach at Wyoming U. Was on Camp's All-American in '91". The New York Times. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 

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