J. Russell Townsend
Sport(s)Football, basketball, baseball, track and field
Biographical details
BornOctober 1884
Tama County, Iowa
DiedDecember 8, 1969 (aged 85)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Playing career
Position(s)End, halfback
Head coaching record
Overall2–9–1 (football)
16–14 (basketball)
5–5 (baseball)

J. Russell Townsend (October 1884 – December 8, 1969) was an American football and basketball coach. He was the 21st head football coach at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, serving for two seasons, from 1917 to 1918, and compiling a record of 2–9–1.[1] He was also the head basketball coach at Wabash from 1917 to 1919, tallying a mark of 16–14.

Townsend was a graduate of Coe College, where he played college football.[2] He died on December 8, 1969, at Winona Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.[3]

Head coaching recordEdit

College footballEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Wabash Little Giants (Independent) (1917–1918)
1917 Wabash 1–6–1
1918 Wabash 1–3
Wabash: 2–9–1
Total: 2–9–1
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


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