Joe McKenney
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McKenney pictured in Sub Turri 1927, Boston College yearbook
Biographical details
Born(1905-03-01)March 1, 1905
Boston, Massachusetts
DiedMay 17, 1995(1995-05-17) (aged 90)
Waltham, Massachusetts
Playing career
Head coaching record

Joseph McKenney (March 1, 1905 – May 17, 1995) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Boston College from 1928 to 1934, compiling a record of 44–18–3. McKenney also played at Boston College and was the starting quarterback for the Eagles from 1923 to 1926.

When McKenney graduated from Brighton High School in 1923, he was invited to the Harvard Club by his principal. There he was presented with a $1,000 scholarship and McKenney, who grew up close to Harvard Stadium and was a former Crimson mascot, accepted without telling his parents. When his mother read about his going to Harvard in the Boston Post, she told him that he must go to a Catholic school or go to work.

McKenney played quarterback and punter for Boston College and was team captain during their undefeated 1926 season. He was the first four-year starting quarterback in BC history. He was an assistant under D. Leo Daley in 1927 before being promoted to head coach. During McKenney's tenure as head coach, one of Boston College's biggest rivals was Fordham, coached by McKenney's coach at BC, Frank Cavanaugh.

McKenney's tenure at BC ended when he resigned to accept the higher paying ($5,000 a year) post of associate director of physical education of Boston Public Schools. His replacement was John "Dinny" McNamara, his classmate and assistant coach. McKenney also served as a linesman for college football games from 1936 to 1945 and was a member of the Metropolitan District Commission from 1938 to 1948. While with the MDC, he sold the land now occupied by Alumni Stadium to Boston College. When the stadium opened in 1957, McKenney was the master of ceremonies. McKenney has the distinction of being the only person in American college history to serve as captain his football team, head coach of his football team, elected president of his college's alumni association, and receive an honorary degree from the school.

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Boston College Eagles (Independent) (1928–1924)
1928 Boston College 9–0
1929 Boston College 7–2–1
1930 Boston College 5–5
1931 Boston College 6–4
1932 Boston College 4–2–2
1933 Boston College 8–1
1934 Boston College 5–4
Boston College: 44–18–3
Total: 44–18–3
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


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