John Barnhill (American football)
John Henry "Barnie" Barnhill (February 23, 1903 – October 21, 1973) was an American football player and coach and college athletics administrator. He served as the head coach at the University of Tennessee (1941–1945) and the University of Arkansas (1946–1949), compiling a record of 54–22–5.
Barnhill from The 1942 Volunteer
|Born||February 23, 1903|
|Died||October 21, 1973 (aged 70)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|1 SWC (1946)|
|2× All-Southern (1926, 1927)|
SEC Coach of the Year (1944)
Coaching and administrative careerEdit
Barnhill was the head coach for the University of Tennessee for four seasons from 1941 to 1945. He coached the team during World War II, managing the squad during the absence of General Robert Neyland who left for the War. During this period he led Tennessee to a record of 32–5–2.
In 1946, after Neyland's return to Tennessee, Barnhill was hired by the University of Arkansas as both head football coach and athletic director. Barnhill gave up the head coaching position in 1949 after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He continued as athletic director at Arkansas until 1971 and was responsible for hiring legendary head coach Frank Broyles who ultimately replaced Barnhill as athletic director.
Death and honorsEdit
Barnhill Arena, the former men's basketball and current women's athletic facility at the University of Arkansas, was named for him. Barnhill is a member of both the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Tennessee Volunteers (Southeastern Conference) (1941–1945)|
|1943||No team—World War II|
|Arkansas Razorbacks (Southwest Conference) (1946–1949)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|