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Jackson Cannell
File:Jackson Cannell.jpg
Cannell at Dartmouth in the 1910s
Biographical details
Born(1896-05-30)May 30, 1896
Everett, Massachusetts
DiedMarch 21, 1965(1965-03-21) (aged 68)
Kittery, Maine
Playing career
Head coaching record

Jackson Livingston "Jack" Cannell (May 30, 1896 – March 21, 1965) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Dartmouth for seven non-consecutive years, from 1921 to 1922 and 1929 to 1933. His Dartmouth teams amassed a 39–19–4 record.

Early life

Cannell attended Everett High School in Everett, Massachusetts.[1] While there, he played as a quarterback on the football team. He was a part of the 1914 Everett team that went 13–0 and outscored opponents 600 to 0, which he led to a mythical interscholastic championship.[1] Cannell then attended Dartmouth College, from which he graduated in 1920.[2] He played on the football team and earned varsity letters in 1916 and 1919, the latter of which he served as a captain.[3]

Coaching career

In 1921, Cannell became Dartmouth's head football coach, replacing Clarence Spears.[1] In his first season, Dartmouth posted a 6–2–1 record.[4] After the season, Cannell's players petitioned for his return as head coach after they learned alumni were agitating to have him replaced by former Dartmouth star and Colgate coach Lawrence Bankart.[5] The administration vehemently denied that Bankart was to replace Cannell, and The New York Times wrote the "Bankart rumor springs up every year, but usually with little or no foundation."[6] Bankart had previously declined the position vacated by Spears, and had recommended Cannell for the job.[6]

In 1922, Dartmouth posted a 6–3 record.[7] Cannell was replaced by Jesse Hawley,[7] but remained at Dartmouth as an assistant backfield coach under Hawley.[8] Cannell was promoted back to head coach in 1929 after Hawley relinquished the job due to "business pressure".[9][10] During the next three years Dartmouth amassed a 19–6–2 record, but posted an 8–8–1 mark over Cannell's last two seasons.[1]

On November 24, 1933, before the season finale, The Lewiston Daily Sun reported that Cannell was "through as head coach of the Dartmouth varsity eleven."[11] Five days later, Cannell resigned his position with a year remaining on his contract.[12] Athletic director Harry R. Heneage stated the administration had not pressured him for his resignation, but without further elaboration.[12] The school's student newspaper wrote, "Dartmouth could not play confident football again next year under Cannell with morale that has been weakened by the anvil chorus of criticism."[12] He was replaced by Army assistant Earl Blaik, selected from an original field of more than 100 candidates, which included Ossie Solem and Gus Dorais.[13][14]

In 1937, Cannell was hired as an assistant under his former high school coach, Cleo O'Donnell, at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire.[15]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 David Shribman and Jack Degange, Dartmouth College Football: Green Fields of Autumn, p. 34, Arcadia Publishing, 2004, ISBN 0-7385-3611-3.
  2. The Deke Quarterly, p. 317, Volume 40, Delta Kappa Epsilon, 1922.
  3. 2009 Football Media Guide, Dartmouth College, p. 113, 2009.
  4. Jackson Cannell, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved June 21, 2010.
  5. REQUEST CANNELL'S RETURN AS COACH; Dartmouth Players Urge Establishment of DefiniteFootball System, The New York Times, December 3, 1921.
  6. 6.0 6.1 CANNELL IS TO KEEP JOB.; Rumor That Bankhart Would Coach Green Is Denied., The New York Times, November 16, 1921.
  7. 7.0 7.1 2009 Football Media Guide, p. 136.
  8. Report Jackson Cannell to Succeed Ostergren as Bowdoin Football Mentor, The Lewiston Daily Sun, November 6, 1924.
  9. Spalding's Official Foot Ball Guide, p. 29, American Sports Publishing Company, 1929.
  10. Hawley Resigns As Grid Mentor, The Evening Independent, March 8, 1929.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Jackson Cannell, Dartmouth Coach, Resigns Suddenly, The St. Petersburg Times, November 29, 1933.
  13. Dartmouth Is Please With New Coach, Herald-Journal, January 19, 1934.
  14. Yale Names Grid Coach Thursday; Report Kipke Slated For Job; Dartmouth May Select Coach Saturday, The Pittsburgh Press, January 9, 1934.
  15. Fans Pulling for Maranville in I.L. Playoff, The Day, September 16, 1937.

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