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John Pont (November 13 1927July 1 2008) was an Americanmarker college football coach who served as head coach at Miami Universitymarker, Yale Universitymarker, Northwestern Universitymarker and Indiana Universitymarker. He was the only Indiana University coach to take a team to the Rose Bowlmarker. Later in his career, Pont was recruited to start a football program at Cincinnati's College of Mount St. Joseph. He later served as coach and consultant in creating a semi-professional football league in Japanmarker. He was honored as NCAA Division I-A coach of the year in 1967, the year his Hoosiers appeared in the Rose Bowl. He was a member of the Cradle of Coaches and the Miami and Indiana Athletic Halls of Fame as well as Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame and the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.

John Pont's number 42 displayed at Yager Stadium; Pont was one of three football players to have his number retired by Miami University.
As an undergraduate, he was an outstanding halfback at Miami Universitymarker, playing for coach Woody Hayes. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. After a serving a tour as a Navy submariner, he played professional football in Canadamarker. He and several of his "Cradle of Coaches" compatriots are the subject of the book Fields of Honor, written by Pont's niece, Sally Pont. John Pont was a native of Canton, Ohiomarker where he graduated from Timken High School. He died on July 1 2008.

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