John Payne (American football)
John D. Payne (May 15, 1933 – May 18, 2019) was an American collegiate and professional football coach. He served as head coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders (1973–1976), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1978–1980) and Ottawa Rough Riders (1996) of the Canadian Football League (CFL), compiling a career record of 62–63–3. Payne also was the head football coach at Abilene Christian University from 1985 to 1990, posting a mark of 26–34–2.
|Born||May 15, 1933|
|Died||May 18, 2019(aged 86)|
|Alma mater||Oklahoma State University|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1968–1969||Edmonton Eskimos (OL)|
|1970||Winnipeg Blue Bombers (assistant)|
|1971–1972||Saskatchewan Roughriders (assistant)|
|1977||Detroit Lions (OL)|
|1983–1984||Arizona Wranglers (OL)|
|1992||Toronto Argonauts (OL)|
|1993||Sacramento Gold Miners (OL)|
|1994||BC Lions (OC)|
|1995||Winnipeg Blue Bombers (DL)|
|1996||London Monarchs (OL)|
|1996||Ottawa Rough Riders (assistant)|
|1996||Ottawa Rough Riders|
|1997||Frankfurt Galaxy (OC)|
|1998||New York CityHawks (OC)|
|Head coaching record|
After serving as an assistant with Central High School  and BYU, Payne moved to the Canadian Football League in 1968. He served as an assistant with the Edmonton Eskimos, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders before becoming the Roughriders head coach in 1973. In his four season as head coach, Payne had a 40–23–1 record and led Saskatchewan to the 1976 Grey Cup.
In 1977, Payne left the Roughriders and joined the Detroit Lions. Payne and the rest of the coaching staff was fired at the end of the season. He returned to the CFL, replacing Tom Dimitroff as head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats five games into the 1978 season. He had some success with Hamilton, compiling an 18–24–1 record over three seasons and leading the team to the 1980 Grey Cup. After the Tiger-Cats trouncing at the hands of the Edmonton Eskimo dynasty 48–10 in the Grey Cup game, owner Harold Ballard indicated that he preferred recently fired Arizona State football coach Frank Kush over Payne, which led to his resignation.
After leaving the Hamilton TigerCats, Payne went to Texas Christian University, where he coached as the offensive line coach under head coach F.A. Dry from 1981-1983. He then moved to Chicago to coach with the USFL team, the Chicago Blitz under George Allen. Payne moved to Arizona when the Blitz franchise was moved and became the Arizona Wranglers. In 1985, Payne became head coach at Abilene Christian University located in Abilene, Texas. He was the Wildcats head coach for six seasons  and had a coaching record of 26–34–2.
Payne returned to the CFL in 1993 as the offensive line coach for the Sacramento Gold Miners. In 1995, Norton Herrick, an Orlando, Florida real estate developer, announced plans to move the CFL's Las Vegas Posse to Jackson, Mississippi. Payne was to be the club's head coach, however plans fell through and the relocation did not take place; the team instead folded. In 1996, Payne, then an assistant with the Ottawa Rough Riders, was promoted to head coach. He coached the team to a 3–11 record; the team finished the year 3–15. The Rough Riders ceased operations after the season and Payne became the final coach in the 120-year history of the team.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Abilene Christian Wildcats (Lone Star Conference) (1985–1990)|
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|SSK||1973||10||6||0||.625||2nd in West Division||1||1||Lost in West Final|
|SSK||1974||9||7||0||.563||2nd in West Division||1||1||Lost in West Final|
|SSK||1975||10||5||1||.656||2nd in West Division||1||1||Lost in West Final|
|SSK||1976||11||5||0||.688||1st in West Division||1||1||Lost Grey Cup|
|HAM||1978||5||10||1||.344||3rd in East Division||0||1||Lost in East Semi-Final|
|HAM||1979||6||10||0||.375||3rd in East Division||0||1||Lost in East Semi-Final|
|HAM||1980||8||7||1||.531||3rd in East Division||1||1||Lost Grey Cup|
|OTT||1996||3||13||0||.188||Last in East Division||Did not qualify|
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- "Coach Named". Spokane Daily Chronicle. 1972-12-21. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- "Hudspeth, staff ousted by Lions". St. Petersburg Times. 1978-01-10. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- "Tiger Cats Fire Head Coach". Toledo Blade. 1978-08-11. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- "Once-revered Kush starting all over". Toledo Blade. 1980-12-18. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- College Football Reference Abilene Christian University Football Records
- 2008 Wildcat Football (media guide) Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine ACU Record Book
- Murray, Ken (April 15, 1995). "Posse dispersal draft is set". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
- "People in Sports". Eugene Register-Guard. 1996-07-05. Retrieved 2009-06-23.