Joseph Maddock
File:Joe Maddock.jpg
Sport(s)Football, track and field
Biographical details
Born(1877-07-11)July 11, 1877
East Jordan, Michigan
DiedNovember 11, 1943
Salt Lake City, Utah
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse

Joseph Herbert Maddock (July 11, 1877 – November 11, 1943) was a college football player and coach. He was an All-Western tackle for the University of Michigan's "Point-a-Minute" football teams from 1902–1903. He also set a Western Conference record in the hammer throw. He later served as a head football coach at the University of Utah, where he compiled a record of 28–9–1 between 1904 and 1909.[1]



Maddock was born in East Jordan, Michigan and began his collegiate career at Albion College. In 1901, the 24-year-old Maddock played for Albion football coach Chester Brewer who taught him the "Wisconsin style of tackle play." Maddock was so effective against the University of Michigan in 1901 that Coach Fielding H. Yost enticed him to transfer to Michigan. He became a star for Yost's "Point-a-Minute" teams in 1902 and 1903.[2]

He played tackle and punter at the University of Michigan on Fielding H. Yost's "Point-a-Minute" teams. Though he was a lineman, Maddock was also used as a ball carrier in short-yardage situations. As reported by The New York Times, the Wolverines used "big Joe Maddock, the sturdy right tackle, for first downs when a few yards were needed."[3] In Michigan's 1903 victory over Minnesota, Maddock and Willie Heston were the Wolverines's biggest ground gainers. After the game, Coach Yost told reporters, "They would not be stopped by ordinary tackles nor by less than three or four Minnesota men, who sometimes had to sit on them to stop them at all."[4]

Maddock gained extensive attention for his role in Michigan's 1903 win over Wisconsin by a score of 16–0. Maddock played at four different positions in the game leading one newspaper to report:

"The great surprise, however, is that the famous Maddock, right tackle, will today play four positions, tackle, half, full back and quarter back. Michigan has a series of new plays in which Maddock's multiple duties are possible. On defense he will play tackle: when Wisconsin's line is to be bucked Maddock will be full back in plays whose exact nature is a secret."[5]

Maddock was selected as a first-team All-Western player in both 1902 and 1903.[6][7][8] He was a unanimous All-Western pick in 1903.[9]

Maddock was also a champion wrestler and member of the University of Michigan track team.[10][11] In May 1903, he broke the Western Intercollegiate hammer throw record with a throw of 141 feet, five inches.[11]


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Maddock later became a successful coach at the University of Utah and University of Oregon. In 1904, he was hired as the head football, basketball and track coach at the University of Utah, based on the recommendation of his former coach Brewer.[2][10] When Maddock was hired in September 1904, a Salt Lake City newspaper reported that the team hoped to see some "Yost" style football:

"Utah is to see some real 'Yost' football this year. Maddock comes fresh from Ann Arbor, where for the past four years he has been studying gridiron tactics under the direction of the peerless 'Hurry-Up' Yost, who has placed Michigan at the top ot the football heap. Maddock certainly understands the Michigan 'system,' and with fair material tho University ought to have a team this season that will trim anything in the intermountain country."[12]

From 1904 to 1909, he led Utah to a 36–9–1 record.[1] In 1905, a newspaper reported that Maddock is the "whole goods" at Utah:

"He has the Mormons all football crazy. He has written here to say that his team now holds the championship of Utah, Montana, Wyoming 'and the greater part of Colorado. When he won the hard-fought battle with Colorado College a week ago the Salt Lake City papers said: 'Maddock is a now way of saying success. The great Michigan tackle has taken boys who never saw a football before and made them the star players of the Rocky Mountain States."[13]
Student spirit at Utah became so enthusiastic while Maddock was the coach that a song was written dedicated to Maddock and his team for their sportsmanship and football play.[14] A player for Maddock's Utah teams later recalled the coach's advice to his team as "backs—keep your knees up and elbows out, and linemen—get lower and lower even if your noses rub in the grass."[14]

After retiring from coaching in 1910, Maddock moved to Idaho, where he went into business in Mackay. Later he moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho and coached the football team there for several years.[14]

Maddock returned to the profession in 1920 and 1921 as an assistant coach under Fielding Yost at Michigan.[10] He returned to Idaho Falls where he went into business and served as a volunteer coach at the local high school.[10] In February 1924, he was hired as the head football coach at the University of Oregon. Fielding Yost recommended him for the job, telling the Oregon athletic director, "Maddock is one of the greatest tackles that I have ever known. I consider him an excellent football coach with fine enthusiasm and personality."[10] Maddock coached the Ducks to a 4–3–2 record in his one season as head coach.[15] In January 1925, Maddock resigned his position at Oregon. The university asked him to devote his entire time to athletics, but Maddock declined. Maddock operated three stores in Idaho and indicated that a full-time position would be too great a sacrifice to his business.[16]

In his seven years as a head football coach, Maddock never had a losing season.

Later yearsEdit

After returning to Idaho, he coached the Idaho Falls High School football team until 1934.[14] In 1934, he moved to Parker, Idaho where he was in the grocery business until his death in 1943.[14]

In November 1943, Maddock died at age 66 of a lung ailment after two months in a Salt Lake City hospital.[17] He was survived by his wife Bennetia Maddock.[14]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Utah Utes (Independent) (1904–1909)
1904 Utah 7–1
1905 Utah 6–2
1906 Utah 4–1
1907 Utah 4–2
1908 Utah 3–2–1
1909 Utah 4–1
Utah: 28–9–1
Oregon Webfoots (Pacific Coast Conference) (1924)
1924 Oregon 4–3–2 2–2–1 6th
Oregon: 4–3–2 2–2–1
Total: 32–12–3


See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "2009 Utah Football Media Guide". University of Utah. p. 157. Retrieved 2011-01-04.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "HOPING BREWER WILL BE CALLED TO THE POSITION OF GRADUATE MANAGER AT MADISON: In Urging His Candidacy for Place-How He Developed Maddock, the Great Michigan Tackle". Janesville Daily Gazette. 1904-11-23.
  3. "MICHIGAN, 28; CHICAGO, 0". The New York Times. 1903-11-27.
  4. "Sporting". Racine Daily Journal. 1903-11-04.
  5. "MICHIGAN WINS, 16 TO O: Badgers Lose to Wolverines; Yost's Tricky Players Too Much for Curtis' Men; Famous Maddock, Carrying Dismay to the Wearers of the Cardinal, Proves Irresistible—One Place Kicked Goal". Racine Daily Journal. 1903-11-14.
  6. "ALL-STAR WESTERN TEAM". Newark Advocate. 1902-12-01. (Chicago Record-Herald team)
  7. "IN THE SPORTING WORLD". Oshkosh Daily Northwestern. 1903-11-28. (Chicago Daily News All-Western team)
  8. "ALL STAB WESTERN FOOTBALL TEAM". the Daily Review. 1903-12-01.(Chicago Record-Herald team)
  9. "Big Games". Lincoln Evening News. 1903-11-30.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 "Joe Maddock Chosen Coach By Oregon U". Oakland Tribune. 1924-02-08.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "IN THE SPORTING WORLD". Oshkosh Daily Northwestern. 1903-05-18.
  12. "'VARSITY SQUAD ANSWERS CALL: Initial Practice Tomorrow". Salt Lake Tribune. 1904-09-11.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 Dick Movitz (1943-11-12). "Death Takes Ex-Ute Football Mentor: J. H. (Joe) Maddock Dies in S. L. Hospital After Lung Illness". Salt Lake Tribune.
  15. "Oregon Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
  16. "Oregon Football Coach Quits Job". Sunday State Journal. 1925-01-18.
  17. "Former Utah Mentor Dies At 66: Joe Maddock Directed Indians in Early Grid Games". Ogden Standard-Examiner. 1943-11-12.
  18. "All-Time Coaching Records" Joseph H. "Joe" Maddock Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-01-04.

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