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Jack Boone
Boone pictured in The Buccaneer 1956, ECU yearbook
Boone pictured in The Buccaneer 1956, ECU yearbook
Born (1918-05-28)May 28, 1918
Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
Died February 6, 1984(1984-02-06) (aged 65)
Greenville, North Carolina

Robert Lee "Jack" Boone (May 28, 1918 – February 6, 1984) was an American football player and coach; most notably he served as head coach for the college football team of East Carolina College (now East Carolina University) for ten years.

Early yearsEdit

Boone was a native of Portsmouth, Virginia, and attended Elon College, where he played on the football team as a halfback from 1938 to 1941, and was co-captain his senior year.[1][2] After his college career, he was signed by the Cleveland Rams in 1942,[3] and played in two games for them.[4] He later served in the US Navy during World War II.[5]

East CarolinaEdit

Boone joined the coaching staff of East Carolina in September 1948, as assistant football coach.[6] He was the college baseball coach for three seasons; his teams posted a 38–23–2 record, for a .623 winning percentage.[7]

In 1952, Boone became head football coach for East Carolina,[8] the ninth in the program's history. That year, the Pirates saw their first action in the postseason when they played Clarion State College in the Lions Bowl, but lost 13–6. In 1953, the Pirates became the North State Conference champions and played in the Elks Bowl, where they lost 12–0 to Morris Harvey College. Boone was named the Coach of the Year in the North State Conference, after his team finished 8–2.[7] Boone's football coaching career lasted ten years, during which he compiled a 49–45–5 record. He was dismissed as head coach in November 1961.[9]

Later yearsEdit

Boone was inducted into the athletic hall of fame of Elon in 1972,[10] and of East Carolina in 1981.[7] He died in February 1984 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, North Carolina.[5]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
East Carolina Pirates (North State Conference) (1952–1960)
1952 East Carolina 6–3–2 4–1–1 L Lions Bowl
1953 East Carolina 8–2 6–0 1st L Elks Bowl[11]
1954 East Carolina 5–4–1 3–2
1955 East Carolina 4–5 3–2
1956 East Carolina 2–6–1 2–3
1957 East Carolina 1–8 1–6
1958 East Carolina 6–4 4–4
1959 East Carolina 5–6 3–5
1960 East Carolina 7–3 5–2
East Carolina Pirates (Carolinas Conference) (1961)
1961 East Carolina 5–4–1 4–3
East Carolina:
Total: 49–45–5
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.</br>


  1. Hayden, Wesley (October 22, 1938). "ELON PASTES APPALACHIAN 7-6 IN THRILLING REVENGE BATTLE". Burlington, North Carolina. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 
  2. "Panthers Seek First Win Over Elon Since 1932; Game Set Here". High Point, North Carolina. October 28, 1941. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 
  3. "Jack Boone Signs With Ram Eleven". Asheville, North Carolina. January 23, 1942. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 
  4. "Jack Boone, WB at". Retrieved April 1, 2017. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Ex-Pirate coach Boonie Dies". February 9, 1984.,2444265. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  6. "Dole Named ECTC Coach". Asheville, North Carolina. February 8, 1949. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2
  8. "Jack Boone Named Grid Coach At East Caolina". Montgomery, Alabama. April 20, 1952. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 
  9. "East Carolina Coach Jack Boone Dismissed In Surprising Move". Newport News, Virginia. November 21, 1961. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 
  11. "Harvey Triumphs In Elks Bowl Tilt". New York City. January 3, 1954. Retrieved March 29, 2017. 

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