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John (Jack) Moakley

Inducted: 1988, coach

Born: December 11, 1863 - Boston, Massachusetts
Deceased: May 21, 1955

Career Highlights

  • Moakley's Cornell teams won 29 IC4A championships during his 50-year career.

John "Jack" Moakley became Cornell University's first full-time track coach in 1899 and served in that position for 50 years before retiring in 1949. During that span, his Cornell teams won 29 IC4A championships, including 10 outdoors, two indoors and 17 in cross country. Moakley's most famous pupil was John Paul Jones, who held the world one-mile record from 1913 to 1915 and was a 1912 Olympian. He also developed a number of other Olympians, including gold medalists Frank Foss (pole vault, 1920), John Anderson (discus, 1932) and Henry Russell (4x100m relay, 1928). In 1920, he coached the U.S. Olympic team to a highly successful showing. His early coaching career included positions at Tufts, Brown, Maine and Wisconsin. As an athlete, he was one of the best hurdles of his time, competing for Boston Latin School and Harvard.

high school: Boston Latin (Boston, Massachusetts)
undergraduate: Harvard (Cambridge, Massachusetts)


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