John McEwan

John McEwan
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1893-02-18)February 18, 1893
Alexandria, Minnesota
Died August 9, 1970(1970-08-09) (aged 77)
New York, New York
Playing career
1913–1916 Army
Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1919–1922 Army (assistant)
1923–1925 Army
1926–1929 Oregon
1930–1932 Holy Cross
1933–1934 Brooklyn Dodgers
Head coaching record
Overall 59–23–6 (college)
9–11–1 (NFL)
Accomplishments and honors
All-American, 1914
All-American, 1915
All-American, 1916
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1962 (profile)

John James "Cap" McEwan (February 18, 1893 – August 9, 1970) was an American football player and coach. He played from 1913 to 1916 as a center at the United States Military Academy, where he was a three-time All-American and captain of the Army football squad for three seasons. McEwan served as the head football coach at West Point (1923–1925), the University of Oregon[1] (1926–1929), and the College of the Holy Cross (1930–1932), compiling a career college football record of 59–23–6. He also coached at the professional level for the Brooklyn Dodgers of the National Football League (NFL) from 1933 to 1934, tallying a mark of 9–11–1. McEwan was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1962.

Coaching career

From 1923 to 1925 McEwan led Army to an 18–5–3 record. All three of his seasons there were winning seasons. From 1926 to 1929 he took over as the head football coach at Oregon. His record there stands at 20–13–2, with his 1928 team completing a 9–2 campaign.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs
Army Cadets (Independent) (1923–1925)
1923 Army 6–2–1
1924 Army 5–1–2
1925 Army 7–2
Army: 18–5–3
Oregon Webfoots (Pacific Coast Conference) (1926–1929)
1926 Oregon 2–4–11–47th
1927 Oregon 2–4–10–4–18th
1928 Oregon 9–24–24th
1929 Oregon 7–34–1T–3rd
Oregon: 20–13–29–11–1
Holy Cross Crusaders (Independent) (1930–1932)
1930 Holy Cross 8–2
1931 Holy Cross 7–2–1
1932 Holy Cross 6–1–1
Holy Cross: 21–5–1


  1. McCann, Michael C. (1995). Oregon Ducks Football: 100 Years of Glory. Eugene, OR: McCann Communications Corp. ISBN 0-9648244-7-7.
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