John Christenbury

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John Christenbury
John Christenbury.jpg
Christenbury pictured in The Tecoan 1942, East Carolina yearbook
Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1907-02-13)February 13, 1907
North Carolina
Died July 17, 1944(1944-07-17) (aged 37)
Port Chicago, California
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1938–1939 Brevard
1940–1941 East Carolina
1940–1943 East Carolina
1941 East Carolina
Head coaching record
Overall 19–11–2 (football)
25–15 (basketball)
6–4 (baseball)

John Boyd Christenbury (February 13, 1907 – July 17, 1944) was East Carolina Teachers College sixth head football coach. He was also the head basketball and baseball coach. He coached during the 1940 and 1941 seasons. His 1941 team went 7–0. This is currently the only time an ECU team has gone undefeated. He finished his two years with a 13–2 record. He did not coach in 1942 because of the outbreak of World War II. The Christenbury Memorial Gymnasium was named in the honor of Coach Christenbury on January 6, 1953. Christenbury was killed in an explosion at Port Chicago, California on July 17, 1944. He was inducted into the ECU Hall of Fame in 1993.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Brevard Tornados (North Carolina Junior College Conference) (1938–1939)
1938 Brevard 4–6
1939 Brevard 3–2–2
Brevard: 7–8–2
East Carolina Pirates (Independent) (1940–1941)
1940 East Carolina 6–2
1941 East Carolina 7–0
East Carolina: 13–2
Total: 19–11–2


External links

  • East Carolina Hall of Fame profile
  • East Carolina University Icons Gallery profile
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