John Penton
File:JA Penton - Clemson.jpg
Biographical details
Born(1870-02-10)February 10, 1870
Equality, Alabama
DiedOctober 17, 1919(1919-10-17) (aged 49)
Goodwater, Alabama
Playing career
Position(s)Guard, fullback
Head coaching record

John Abner Penton (February 10, 1870 – October 17, 1919) was an American football player and coach. Penton attended the University of Virginia, Auburn University, and Johns Hopkins Medical School.[1] He played starting guard on the 1893, 1894, and 1895 Virginia football teams and was captain of the 1893, 1894, and 1895 teams.[2] After he graduated from the University of Virginia, Penton chose to play as a "special student" fullback on the Auburn football team under head coach, his long-time companion, John Heisman in 1897. The first coach at Clemson, Walter Riggs, had in fact played on the team as well. Penton had lived near the Auburn campus his entire life and likely facilitated the Pennsylvania native, Heisman's, move to the campus. Penton then served as the 3rd head football coach at Clemson University for one season in 1898, compiling a record of 3–1 before the program ran out of money.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Clemson Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1898)
1898 Clemson 3–1 1–1 T–6th
Clemson: 3–1 1–1
Total: 3–1
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


External links

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