John Neff (American football)

John Henry Neff Jr. (September 12, 1887 – November 8, 1938) was an American football player, coach, college athletics administrator, and doctor. In 1909, he served as the head football coach at the University of Virginia, where he compiled a 7–1 record, where his team outscored opponents 155–11. From 1910 to 1911, he coached at the University of South Carolina, where he compiled a 5–8–2 record. His overall record as a college football coach stands at 12–9–2. Neff was also the athletic director at South Carolina from 1910 to 1911.

John Neff
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Neff pictured in Garnet and Black 1912, South Carolina yearbook
Biographical details
Born(1887-09-12)September 12, 1887
Harrisonburg, Virginia
DiedNovember 8, 1938(1938-11-08) (aged 51)
University, Virginia
Alma materUniversity of Virginia (1908)[1]
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1910–1911South Carolina
1919Virginia (assistant)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1910–1911South Carolina
Head coaching record

While attending the University of Virginia, Neff captained the 1907 football team.[2] After obtaining his M.D. in 1910, Neff worked at the University of Virginia Hospital first as an intern and surgeon and then later as professor of urology.[3] He was also a member of the Southern Surgical Association, for which he served as vice president from 1934 until his death in 1938.[4]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Virginia Cavaliers (Independent) (1909)
1909 Virginia 7–1 2–0
Virginia: 7–1 2–0
South Carolina Gamecocks (Independent) (1910–1911)
1910 South Carolina 4–4
1911 South Carolina 1–4–2
South Carolina: 5–8–2
Total: 12–9–2


  1. ^ "Virginia Football: All-Time Coaching Records - VIRGINIASPORTS.COM - The University of Virginia Official Athletic Site". Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  2. ^ University of Virginia (1907). Record. University of Virginia. ISSN 0746-5149. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  3. ^ Wayland, J.W. (2009). Men of Mark and Representative Citizens of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia: Portraits and Biographies of Men and Women. Genealogical Publishing Company. p. 278. ISBN 9780806348346. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  4. ^ Southern Surgical Association (U.S.) (1939). Transactions of the Southern Surgical Association. 51. The Association. ISSN 0891-3633. Retrieved October 13, 2014.

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