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Rex Enright
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Enright pictured in Garnet & Black 1939, South Carolina yearbook
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born (1901-03-19)March 19, 1901
Rockford, Illinois
Died April 6, 1960(1960-04-06) (aged 59)
Playing career


Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Green Bay Packers

Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Position(s) Fullback (football)
Forward (basketball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)


North Carolina (assistant)
Georgia (assistant)
South Carolina
Georgia Pre-Flight
South Carolina

South Carolina
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1938–1959 South Carolina
Head coaching record
Overall 64–69–7 (football)
82–62 (basketball)
College Football Data Warehouse

Rex Edward Enright (March 19, 1901 – April 6, 1960) was an American football and basketball player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He played college football and college basketball at the University of Notre Dame in the 1920s. After graduating from Notre Dame in 1926, he played professional football in the National Football League with the Green Bay Packers for two seasons. Enright served as the head football coach at the University of South Carolina from 1938 to 1942 and again from 1946 to 1956, compiling a record of 64–69–7. He was also the head basketball coach at the University of Georgia from 1931 to 1938 and at South Carolina for one season in 1942–43, tallying a career college basketball coaching record of 82–62.

Early life and playing career[edit]

Enright was the son of James E. Enright (March 1871 –  ?) and May C. Billick (January 1882 – ?). He was born in Rockford, Illinois. He graduated from Central High School in Rockford, where he played on the 1918 state champion basketball team, and was team captain and played running back on the football team. He then graduated from the University of Notre Dame where he played running back for Knute Rockne on the football team, and also played on the Irish basketball team. He married Alice ? (1903 – ?), they had daughters Eugenia M. (born 1927), Alice E. and Joyce. Enright played fullback for the Green Bay Packers in 1926 and 1927.

Coaching career[edit]

In the early 1930s Enright was an assistant football coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 1931 to 1938, he was the head basketball coach at the University of Georgia and assistant football coach. In 1938, he was hired as head football coach and athletic director at the University of South Carolina. After the 1942 season, he joined the United States Navy serving as a lieutenant and working mostly in their athletic program in the United States. He returned to the Gamecocks in 1946 as head football coach succeeding John D. McMillan, and remained until 1955 when he resigned for health reasons. He hired Warren Giese as his successor, and continued as athletic director until 1960. The Rex Enright Athletic Center on the South Carolina campus was named for him and the Rex Enright Award (also known as the Captain's Cup) given to the football captains of the previous season. He was considered one of the "ring leaders" in the formation of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1953. He is a member of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. He died in 1960 of peptic ulcers and a rheumatic heart.

In 2009, the University of South Carolina recognized Enright as the winningest football coach in school history. His record 64 wins was highlighted during the halftime show of South Carolina's football game versus Florida Atlantic on September 19, where Enright's daughter, Jean Smith, and great-grandson, Brian Garrett, accepted the presentation in his memory.

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
South Carolina Gamecocks (Southern Conference) (1938–1942)
1938 South Carolina 6–4–1 2–2 T–6th
1939 South Carolina 3–6–1 1–3 T–11th
1940 South Carolina 3–6 1–3 13th
1941 South Carolina 4–4–1 4–0–1 2nd
1942 South Carolina 1–7–1 1–4 14th
South Carolina Gamecocks (Southern Conference) (1946–1952)
1946 South Carolina 5–3 4–2 4th
1947 South Carolina 6–2–1 4–1–1 3rd
1948 South Carolina 3–5 1–3 13th
1949 South Carolina 4–6 3–3 T–7th
1950 South Carolina 3–4–2 2–4–1 12th
1951 South Carolina 5–4 5–3 7th
1952 South Carolina 5–5 2–4 T–10th
South Carolina Gamecocks (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1953–1955)
1953 South Carolina 7–3 2–3 T–3rd
1954 South Carolina 6–4 3–3 4th
1955 South Carolina 3–6 1–5 7th
South Carolina: 64–69–7 36–43–3
Total: 64–69–7

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:30:00 -0700

Spurrier smashed USC's record for coaching wins (Rex Enright's 64) and did it in substantially less time: Enright took 15 years over two stints at USC to win 64; Spurrier won his 65th in the next-to-last game of his eighth season. Spurrier accomplished ...
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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:07:30 -0700

There was Rex Enright, sitting on 64 wins. Spurrier passed him two years ago when South Carolina beat Clemson in Death Valley. And he's still going. In one week, Spurrier will begin his 10th season at South Carolina when the Gamecocks hold their first ...
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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:00:00 -0700

Harris is a spring practice warrior who won the Rex Enright Defensive Player of the Spring award in 2012 and the Everyday Effort award in 2013. While his tweener status may limit how much of an impact he can make, by all accounts, he's a hard worker ...


Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:56:11 -0700

The all-time winningest coach at USC says he always planned to be at Carolina for at least eight or nine years because he always had an eye on being the all-time winningest coach. At the time, that mark was 64 wins by Rex Enright. Now there is a new ...
Garnet and Cocky
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:08:55 -0700

One, it was the last season before Rex Enright returned from U.S. Navy duty and was Johnnie McMillian's only season at the helm. Two, it would be the year of only the second tie, and second 0-0 game, between the Gamecocks and Clemson. Also in 1945:
InsideCarolina.com (subscription)
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 08:00:00 -0700

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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:41:44 -0700

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:11:44 -0700

... the Gamecocks roster is Irmo-native Drew Williams. The sophomore walked-on as a true freshman in 2013 and handled the snapping duties on punts throughout the season. In 1947, South Carolina finished off the season 6-2 with head coach Rex Enright.

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