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Urban pictured in Sub Turri 1921, Boston College yearbook
|Sport(s)||Football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey|
|Born||March 22, 1898|
Fall River, Massachusetts
|Died||December 7, 1980 (aged 82)|
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||46–27–7 (college football)|
84–57 (college basketball)
247–91 (high school basketball)
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
4 Eastern Massachusetts Basketball (1947, 1948, 1952, 1956)
2 New England Basketball (1948, 1956)
2x All-NFL (1922–1923)
|* Boston Braves (1927–1928)|
Louis John "Luke" Urban (March 22, 1898 – December 7, 1980) was an American multi-sport athlete and coach. He played four seasons of professional American football in the National Football League and two years of Major League Baseball with the Boston Braves. Urban was also a college football coach, a college and high school basketball coach, and a minor league baseball manager.
Urban played football, basketball, baseball and ice hockey for the Boston College Eagles. He was a captain for the football, basketball and baseball teams. He was a member of the 1920 College Football All-America Team.
Urban played end for the Buffalo All-Americans from 1921 to 1924. He was named to the Buffalo Evening News All-APFA Team in 1921, George Halas' All-NFL Team in 1922, and the Collyers Eye Magazine and Canton Daily News All-NFL Team in 1923.
Urban signed with the New York Yankees and played for their minor league teams in Buffalo and Columbus. He made the Major Leagues in 1927 with the Boston Braves. He appeared in 35 games for the Braves that season. Urban refused to report to spring training in 1928 as part of a contract holdout. He eventually reported to camp late. On June 22, 1928, he was traded with Jimmy Cooney and Johnny Werts for Bonnie Hollingsworth. He played for Buffalo from 1928 to 1930 and the Springfield Ponies in 1931, and the Hartford Senators from 1931 to 1932.
Urban played basketball for Worcester Five of the Inter-State Basketball League in 1921.
Urban served as Boston College's head basketball coach during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
Following his graduation, Urban was offered the position of head football coach at Creighton University, but turned down the offer in order to play professional football. From 1921 to 1930, he was the head basketball and football coach at Canisius College. His football teams had a record of 46–27–7 record, with of his eight clubs having a record of .500 or better. He was the school's winningest football coach until he was passed by Tom Hersey in 1990.
Urban was the head basketball coach at Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts from 1940 to 1960. He had a 247–91 record with the Hilltoppers and won two New England championships.
Urban was the manager of the Fall River Indians of the New England League from 1948 to 1950.
Urban was inducted into the MBCA Hall of Fame in 1965, the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Canisius College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1976. Durfee High's gymnasium was named the Luke Urban Field House in honor of Urban.
Head coaching record
|Canisius Golden Griffins (Independent) (1921–1925)|
|Canisius Golden Griffins (Western New York Little Three Conference) (1926–1930)|
|†Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.|
|Boston College Eagles () (1918–1921)|
|Canisius Golden Griffins () (1921–1924)|
|Canisius Golden Griffins () (1925–1931)|
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- "Well-Known Stars Of Court Here Saturday". The Hartford Courant. November 29, 1921. https://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/courant/access/739570282.html?dids=739570282:739570282&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:AI&type=historic&date=Nov+29%2C+1921&author=&pub=Hartford+Courant&desc=Well-Known+Stars+Of+Court+Here+Saturday&pqatl=google. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
- "Urban Asked to Coach.". The New York Times. December 7, 1920. https://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9803E2DC163BE533A25754C0A9649D946195D6CF. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
- Doug Chapman (April 10, 1988). "The doors to the Hall of Fame to be opened early for Karam". Providence Journal. https://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/projo/access/599194291.html?dids=599194291:599194291&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Apr+10%2C+1988&author=DOUG+CHAPMAN&pub=The+Providence+Journal&desc=The+doors+to+the+Hall+of+Fame+to+be+opened+early+for+Karam&pqatl. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
- "Canisius College Athletics Hall of Fame". http://www.gogriffs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=20500&ATCLID=1482724. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Luke Urban at Pro-Football-Reference.com
- Luke Urban at Find a Grave
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