College Coaching Legends

Walter Camp – The father of American football, Camp became the head coach of Yale in 1888.  He is responsible for bringing about many changes in the game of football.  signal calling, cutting the number of players on a team from 15 to 11, a system of downs, and others.  Camp started his yearly selections of an All-American Team in 1889 and it continued after his death.  He wrote more than 30 books on physical fitness and football.


Amos Alonzo Stagg – Stagg had the longest career of any football coach.  As a player at Yale, he was selected to Walter Camp’s first All-American Team in 1889.  Stagg’s first coaching job was at Springfield College, but he left to become the head coach at the University of Chicago.  He coached Chicago for 41 years and compiled 268 wins against 141 losses.  Stagg’s squads went undefeated five years and finished first in their conference six times.  At the age of 70, he took over as head coach at the College of the Pacific and coached there for another thirteen years.  A great innovator, Stagg came up with the man in motion, the tackling dummy, the huddle,  the end around play, and others.  A clean living man, Stagg died at the age of 102.


Pop Warner – Pop Warner’s coaching career began at the University of Georgia in 1895.  His 1896 team was unbeaten.  Later, he coached at the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania where he tutored the great Jim Thorpe.  He and Thorpe put Carlisle on the sports map.  Warner then moved on to the University of Pittsburgh where he developed three undefeated teams, and then on to Stanford University where he coached from 1924 to 1932.  Three of his Stanford teams played in the Rose Bowl, and the 1928 squad won it..




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