Chick Meehan
File:Chick Meehan newspaper photo.png
Biographical details
Born(1893-09-05)September 5, 1893
DiedNovember 9, 1972(1972-11-09) (aged 79)
Syracuse, New York
Playing career
Head coaching record

John Francis "Chick" Meehan (September 5, 1893 – November 9, 1972) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Syracuse University (1920–1924), New York University (1925–1931), and Manhattan College (1932–1937), compiling a career college football record of 115–44–14. Meehan played quarterback at Syracuse from 1915 to 1917.

Meehan stated, "We learn practically nothing from a victory. All our information comes from a defeat. A winner forgets most of his mistakes."[1]

Coaching careerEdit


From 1920 to 1924, Meehan served as the head coach at Syracuse and compiled a 35–8–4 record. This total included back-to-back eight-win seasons in 1923 and 1924.[2]


Meehan was the 19th head football coach at New York University (NYU), serving for seven seasons, from 1925 to 1931, and compiling a record of 49–15–4.[3] This ranks him first at NYU in total wins and first at NYU in winning percentage.[4] Meehan was awarded a place in NYU's athletic hall of fame for his coaching efforts.[5]


Meehan's last head coaching job was as at Manhattan College. He held that position for six seasons, from 1932 until 1937. His career coaching record at Manhattan was 31–21–6. This ranks him first at Manhattan in total wins and second at Manhattan in winning percentage.[6]


Meehan died at the age of 79 on November 9, 1972 at a hospital in Syracuse, New York.[7]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Syracuse Orangemen (Independent) (1920–1924)
1920 Syracuse 6–2–1
1921 Syracuse 7–2
1922 Syracuse 6–1–2
1923 Syracuse 8–1
1924 Syracuse 8–2–1
Syracuse: 35–8–4
NYU Violets (Independent) (1925–1931)
1925 NYU 6–2–1
1926 NYU 8–1
1927 NYU 7–1–2
1928 NYU 8–2
1929 NYU 7–3
1930 NYU 7–3
1931 NYU 6–3–1
NYU: 49–15–4
Manhattan Jaspers (Independent) (1932–1937)
1932 Manhattan 5–3–2 L 0–7 Palm Festival
1933 Manhattan 6–3–1
1934 Manhattan 3–5–1
1935 Manhattan 5–3–1
1936 Manhattan 6–4
1937 Manhattan 6–3–1
Manhattan: 31–21–6
Total: 115–44–14
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. Danforth, William H. (1963). I Dare You (19th ed.). The Danforth Foundation. pp. 89–90. ISBN 9789561001596. "Don't be discouraged if you fail in your first efforts. Coach Meehan of New York University says, 'We learn practically nothing from a victory. All our information comes from a defeat. A winner forgets most of his mistakes.'""
  2. John Meehan year-by-year coaching results
  3. The Ultimate Guide to College Football, James Quirk, 2004
  4. New York University Violets coaching records Script error
  5. New York University Athletics Hall of Fame
  6. Manhattan College coaching records Script error
  7. "Chick Meehan, Football Coach Of N.Y.U. and Syracuse, Dead". The New York Times. November 10, 1972. Retrieved November 21, 2011.

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