John R. Bender

John R. Bender coached the University of Tennessee football team for three seasons in 1916 and from 1919-1920. He won or tied 22 of the 27 games he coached at UT.

John R. Bender coached college football, basketball and baseball in the early 1900’s, ending his career as the coach of all three sports at Tennessee from 1916-1920. He coached the football team for three seasons during that time. Bender led the 1916 Volunteers to an undefeated 8-0-1 record, posting his best individual season as a college football coach. After stepping away from football for two years, he returned to the sidelines in 1919 and led Tennessee to an even 3-3-3 record. Bender improved the Vols to 7-2 in 1920 before stepping down as the football coach for good. He was 18-5-4 as Tennessee’s football coach, and remained at Tennessee as the basketball coach until 1921. Bender passed away in 1928 at the age of 46.