Joseph Markley

Class of 1917: Football

Joe Markley was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and graduated from the St. Cloud High School with five varsity letters in football. He played on the Carleton football team as a freshman, a team which won four, tied one and lost only to Minnesota state power Hamline. A “recruiter” for President Cowling even in his undergraduate days, Markley drew good football players to Carleton like the proverbial magnet. In his next three years as a halfback and defensive back, 1913 through 1915, the Carls won 18 games, lost none, and their goal like was crossed only twice. They outscored their opponents 970-14. He was three times names to the All-State teams. He was also C.J. Hunt’s assistant coach the year Carleton beat Chicago 7-0.

Markley spent time in the U.S. Navy during World War I, then coached for three years at New Prague High School. He joined the faculty and the coaching staff- some say he was the coaching staff- at Central High School in Minneapolis, and remained there as football coach for thirty years. During that time he coached and developed a number of outstanding players who later distinguished themselves in college football. For many years he continued to “recruit” unofficially for Carleton, and persuaded men who were to become some of the College’s finest athletes to enroll. When he retired from Central, the school’s football field was dedicated in his name.