John Mauer

John Mauer (1901-1978)

Teams coached: Kentucky Wildcats, Miami Redskins, Tennessee Volunteers, Army Black Knights, Florida Gators
Kentucky record: 40-14 (.741)
Miami (OH) record: 46-80 (.365)
Tennessee record: 126-40 (.759)
Army record: 33-35 (.485)
Florida record: 98-102 (.490)
Overall record: 343-271 (.559)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1951-1960 Florida
1947-1951 Army
1938-1947 Tennessee
1930-1938 Miami (OH)
1927-1930 Kentucky

John Mauer Facts

  • John W. Mauer
  • Born September 4, 1901
  • Died December 20, 1978
  • Hometown: Aurora, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: University of Illinois (BA, 1926)
  • Played basketball for the Illinois Fighting Illini under head coach Craig Ruby
    • While at Illinois, Mauer was roommates with Hall of Fame halfback Red Grange
  • After graduation, spent one year coaching football, basketball and track at his alma mater, Batavia HS
  • Moved up to the college ranks in 1927 as the head basketball coach at Kentucky; over the next 33 years he would also coach at Miami (OH), Tennessee, Army and Florida
    • Spent four years coaching baseball (1938-42) and eight years coaching football (1938-46) at Tennessee while simultaneously coaching the basketball team
    • For all nine of his years at Florida, Mauer coached basketball and was the defensive backs coach for the Gators football team
    • Returned to Tennessee in 1960, this time to only coach on the football team (defensive backs) for three more seasons
  • Spent the later years of his career as a scout in the NFL, including time working for Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers
  • Inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame posthumously in 2002
  • Mauer passed away in Knoxville at the age of 77; survived by his wife, Grace, two sons and five grandchildren

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