Lynn St. John
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Biographical details
Born(1876-11-18)November 18, 1876
Union City, Pennsylvania
DiedSeptember 30, 1950(1950-09-30) (aged 73)
Columbus, Ohio
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1909–1911Ohio Wesleyan
1910–1912Ohio Wesleyan
1911–1919Ohio State
1910–1912Ohio Wesleyan
1913–1928Ohio State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1912–1947Ohio State
Head coaching record
Overall31–24–2 (football)
146–112 (basketball)
217–118–9 (baseball)
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1962 (profile)
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Lynn Wilbur "The Saint" St. John (November 18, 1876 – September 30, 1950) was an American football, basketball, and baseball coach and college athletics administrator. The Union City, Pennsylvania native was the head basketball coach at Ohio State University from 1911 to 1919, and served as the school's second athletic director, a position he held for 33 years. He also served on the NCAA Rules Committee along with James Naismith from 1912 to 1937). In 1956, Ohio State built a new basketball arena and named it St. John Arena after him. In 1962, he was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor.[1][2]


  1. ^ "The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame :: Lynn St. John". Archived from the original on 2016-04-18. Retrieved 2022-01-24.
  2. ^ "LYNN ST. JOHN DIES; ATHLETIC DIRECTOR; Ohio State Official 35 Years at Retirement in '47 Headed Basketball Rules Group". The New York Times. 1950-10-01. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-05-08.