Joseph Reilly

Joseph Reilly
Biographical details
Born (1880-10-08)October 8, 1880
Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts
Died November 10, 1951(1951-11-10) (aged 70)
Alameda, California
Alma mater Georgetown University
Playing career
? Boston College
1900–1903 Georgetown
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1904–1907 Georgetown
Head coaching record
Overall 20–17–2
Accomplishments and honors
All-Southern (1903)

Joseph Augustus "Joe" Reilly (October 8, 1880 November 10, 1951)[1] was a college football player, coach, and athletic director. He was also a doctor. A 1943 article lists him as "retired director of the Kansas City Athletic Club, midwestern sports official, and wrestling judge at several Olympic games".[2]

Early years

Joe Reilly was born on October 8, 1880 in the Charlestown[3] neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. His father Timothy Reilly was born in Ireland.[4] His mother's maiden name was O'Brien.


Dr. Reilly


Reilly played for the Georgetown Hoyas at Georgetown University. As a player he was an All-Southern halfback and captain of the 1902 team.[5][6][7] An account of a 12 to 5 victory over Navy reads "No occupants of the half back positions who have been seen here this season have approached the showing made by Joe Reilly to-day."[8] Hub Hart was in the same backfield. Both Hart and Reilly previously attended Boston College.[3][9] Reilly also lettered in other sports, including baseball and rowing. He ran track as well, captaining the squad and called its fastest man.[10][11] He once held the record for the 220 yards.


He was the first former Georgetown player to become the school's head coach.[12] Reilly also coached track.[10]


He was director of the Kansas City Athletic Club from 1909 until 1937.[13][14]

See also


  1. "California, Death Index, 1940-1997," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 6 February 2015), Joseph Augustus Reilly, 10 Nov 1951; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.
  2. "Georgetown Football: Head Coaches".
  3. 1 2 "Georgetown's Boston Backfield". Boston Post. November 24, 1903. p. 10. Retrieved June 30, 2015 via
  4. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; NARA Series: Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925; Roll #: 2530; Volume #: Roll 2530 - Certificates: 422350-422849, 21 May 1924-21 May 1924
  5. Morris Allison Bealle (1947). The Georgetown Hoyas: The Story of a Rambunctious Football Team. p. 61.
  6. "Johnny Desaulles Picks All-Southern Football Team". The State. August 27, 1904.
  7. "Team Captains".
  8. "Service Football". Army-Navy Air Force Register and Defense Times. 34: 11. October 31, 1903.
  9. "Notes". The Stylus: 46. January 1, 1902.
  10. 1 2 "GEORGETOWN THE WINNER SELECT TRACK LEADER". The Washington Post. January 12, 1908.
  11. "World's Records For Georgetown" (PDF). The Washington Times. March 28, 1904. p. 8.
  12. "GU Coaches". Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  13. "Moments of Glory in 59 Years for K. C. A. C.". The Kansas City Star. May 11, 1958.
  14. "Soft Life Dooms White Sprinters, Says Dr. Reilly". St. Petersburg Times. May 1, 1935.
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