J. Merrill Blanchard
Sport(s)Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born(1881-04-26)April 26, 1881
Winterport, Maine
DiedApril 3, 1914(1914-04-03) (aged 32)
Williamsburg, Virginia
Alma materBowdoin College (1903)[1]
Playing career
Position(s)Quarterback
Head coaching record
Overall17–29–6 (football)
14–7 (basketball)

Jesse Merrill Blanchard (April 26, 1881 – April 3, 1914)[2] was an American football player, coach of football, basketball, and baseball, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at The College of William & Mary (1904–1905, 1910), Washington University in St. Louis (1906–1907), and Whitman College (1908–1909).

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Blanchard played college football as a quarterback at Bowdoin College.[3]

Coaching career[edit | edit source]

Blanchard was the first head coach of the William & Mary Tribe men's basketball team, in 1905–06.[4] In the inaugural season of William & Mary's basketball program, Blanchard led the team to a 4–1 record.[4] It was his first and last season with the Tribe despite the success. Blanchard also coached the William & Mary football team from 1904 to 1905 and again in 1910, compiling a record of 6–14–2.[5]

Head coaching record[edit | edit source]

Football[edit | edit source]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
William & Mary Orange and White (Independent) (1904–1905)
1904 William & Mary 3–3
1905 William & Mary 2–4–1
Washington University (Independent) (1906)
1906 Washington University 2–2–2
Washington University (Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1907)
1907 Washington University 1–5–1 0–1 5th
Washington University: 3–7–3 0–1
Whitman Fighting Missionaries (Independent) (1908–1909)
1908 Whitman 4–5[6]
1909 Whitman 4–3–1[7]
Whitman: 8–8–1
William & Mary Orange and Black (South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1910)
1910 William & Mary 1–7–1 1–1 T–7th
William & Mary: 6–14–2 1–1
Total: 17–29–6
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

Basketball[edit | edit source]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
William & Mary Indians (Independent) (1905–1906)
1905–06 William & Mary 4–1
William & Mary: 4–1
Total: 4–1

References[edit | edit source]

  1. [1]
  2. [2]
  3. "J. Merrill Blanchard Will Coach Whitman". Spokane Daily Chronicle. June 13, 1908. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1338&dat=19080613&id=N8VXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GvQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4102,4921691. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 William & Mary men's basketball history - Media Guide 2007-08 Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Webarchive/data' not found.. Accessed March 24, 2008.
  5. William & Mary football history - Media Guide 2007 Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Webarchive/data' not found., page 22. Accessed March 26, 2008.
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External links[edit | edit source]

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