Joseph Lightner
Sport(s)Football, baseball
Biographical details
Born(1900-07-25)July 25, 1900
Marysville, Pennsylvania
DiedJune 6, 1988(1988-06-06) (aged 87)
Middletown, Pennsylvania
Playing career
Position(s)Halfback (football)
Outfielder (baseball)
Head coaching record

Joseph Keith Lightner (July 25, 1900 – June 6, 1988)[1] was an American football player and coach. He served as the 18th head football coach at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and he held that position for three seasons, from 1923 until 1925.[2] His record at Dickinson was 17–7–2.[3] Lightner took over the second half of the 1923 season after B. Russell Murphy resigned with an 0–2 start.[4]

Professional athlete

Lightner played football professionally in 1922 for the Frankford Yellow Jackets before the team joined the National Football League. He also played baseball professionally for the Reading team in the International League from 1921 (as "William Lightner") to 1925.[5]


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  2. Centennial Conference Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Webarchive/data' not found. "2008 Centennial Conference Football Prospectus"
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved December 17, 2007.
  4. Dickinson College Football Records[dead link]
  5. Gobrecht, Wilbur J. (1971). The History of Football at Dickinson College 1885-1969. Chambersburg, PA: The Kerr Printing Co.. pp. 151.

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