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Joseph "Joe" McKenney
Title Head coach
College Boston College
Sport Football
Born 1905
Died May 17, 1995
Place of death Waltham, Massachusetts
Career highlights
Overall 44-18-3
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Boston College (AC)
Boston College
College Football Hall of Fame, 1989

Joseph "Joe" McKenney was the head coach of the Boston College football program from 1928-1934 and was the team's quarterback from 1923-1926.

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, which was 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. He would also sereve as a Linesman for college football games from 1936-1945 and was a member of the Metropolitan District Commission from 1938-1948, including a stint as commissioner. 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. In 1989, he was elected to the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame.

He 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 record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
1928 Boston College 9-0-0
1929 Boston College 7-2-1
1930 Boston College 5-5-0
1931 Boston College 6-4-0
1932 Boston College 4-2-2
1933 Boston College 8-1-0
1934 Boston College 5-4-0
Total: 44-18-3
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


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