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Lake Russell (coach)

Lake Russell
Biographical details
Born(1898-04-06)April 6, 1898
DiedDecember 26, 1980(1980-12-26) (aged 82)
McMinnville, Tennessee, U.S.
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1949–1953Miami Beach Senior HS (FL) (assistant)
1954Miami Beach Senior HS (FL)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
Head coaching record
Overall62–82–8 (college football)

Lake F. Russell (April 6, 1898 – December 26, 1980) was an American football coach. He served as the head football coach at Carson–Newman College from 1924 to 1928 and compiled a record of 16–20–3.[1] After leaving Carson–Newman, Russell coached at Mercer University from 1929 to 1940 and compiled a record of 46–61–5. He also served as head men's basketball coach at Mercer from 1929 to 1930, from 1932 to 1934 and again from 1936 to 1939.

Serving as an assistant coach since 1949, Russell was named head coach in 1954 at Miami Beach Senior High School in Miami Beach, Florida.[2] He served as head coach at Miami Beach through August 1955 when he resigned to become the superintendent of the State Training & Agricultural School in Nashville, Tennessee.[3]

A native of Ducktown, Tennessee, Russell graduated from Carson–Newman in 1925. He died on December 26, 1980, at River Park Hospital in McMinnville, Tennessee.[4]

Head coaching record


College football

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Carson–Newman Parsons (Independent) (1924–1926)
1924 Carson–Newman 6–2
1925 Carson–Newman 2–3–2
1926 Carson–Newman 5–2
Carson–Newman Parsons (Smoky Mountain Conference) (1927–1928)
1927 Carson–Newman 2–8 1–4 5th
1928 Carson–Newman 1–6–1 0–4–1 6th
Carson–Newman: 16–21–3 1–8–1
Mercer Bears (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1929–1930)
1929 Mercer 2–7 2–5 26th
1930 Mercer 5–5 3–2 T–11th
Mercer Bears (Dixie Conference / Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1931–1936)
1931 Mercer 7–2–1 1–2 / 6–2 8th / T–7th
1932 Mercer 7–2 3–0 / 4–1 1st / T–7th
1933 Mercer 4–3–2 2–0–1 / 0–0–1 T–2nd / T–29th
1934 Mercer 3–6–1 0–2–1 / 1–4 8th / T–25th
1935 Mercer 4–5 1–1 / 1–1 T–4th / T–15th
1936 Mercer 3–6–1 0–2–1 / 1–1–1 8th / T–18th
Mercer Bears (Dixie Conference) (1937–1940)
1937 Mercer 4–5 0–3 8th
1938 Mercer 3–6 0–3 8th
1939 Mercer 3–7 1–3 8th
1940 Mercer 1–7 0–3 T–6th
Mercer: 46–61–5
Total: 62–82–8
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ 2011 Carson–Newman Football Media Guide. Jefferson City, Tennessee: Carson–Newman College Department of Athletics. 2011. p. 62. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  2. ^ Rubin, Don (September 5, 1954). "Results same with a difference". Miami Daily News. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  3. ^ "Lake Russell quits as Beach coach". Miami Daily News. July 14, 1955. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  4. ^ "Ex-commissioner of corrections dies". Johnson City Press. Johnson City, Tennessee. Associated Press. December 28, 1980. p. 2. Retrieved September 23, 2020 – via Open access icon.

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