Stagg, Amos Alonzo


Stagg, Amos Alonzo
born Aug. 16, 1862, West Orange, N.J., U.S.
died March 17, 1965, Stockton, Calif.

U.S. college gridiron football coach.

Stagg played end for Yale University and was chosen for the first All-America team in 1889. During his 41-year tenure at the University of Chicago (1892–1932), he devised the end-around play, the man in motion, the huddle (also credited to another), the shift play, and the tackling dummy. He later coached at three other colleges, not retiring until 1960. His 71 years of coaching represent the longest coaching career in the history of the sport. He died at age 102.

* * *

▪ American athlete and coach
born Aug. 16, 1862, West Orange, N.J., U.S.
died March 17, 1965, Stockton, Calif.
 American football coach who had the longest coaching career—71 years—in the history of the sport. In 1943, at the age of 81, he was named college coach of the year, and he remained active in coaching until the age of 98. He is the only person selected for the College Football Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach. He was also important in the development of intercollegiate basketball.

      As an end for Yale, where he was also an outstanding baseball pitcher, Stagg was chosen for Walter Camp's first All-America football team (1889). He then attended the International Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) Training School, afterward Springfield (Mass.) College; there he both played and coached football and became one of the first enthusiasts of basketball, which was invented by James Naismith at the Springfield school in 1891. On Jan. 18, 1896, Stagg's University of Chicago team defeated the University of Iowa in the first intercollegiate basketball game with five players on each side.

      During Stagg's 41-year tenure (1892–1932) as football coach at Chicago, the Maroons won six Western Conference (Big Ten) championships outright (1899, 1905, 1907, 1908, 1913, 1924) and tied for another (1922). They were undefeated and untied in two seasons (1905, 1913) and undefeated but tied at least once in two other years (1899, 1908). For his Chicago teams he devised the end-around play, the man in motion, the huddle (also credited to Bob Zuppke, coach at the University of Illinois), the shift (later employed with great success by Knute Rockne at the University of Notre Dame), and the dummy for tackling practice. After his enforced retirement from Chicago at the age of 70, he was head coach at the College (now University) of the Pacific, Stockton, Calif. (1933–46); advisory coach at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa., under his son, head coach Amos Alonzo Stagg, Jr. (1947–52); and advisory coach at Stockton Junior College (1953–60).

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Stagg, Amos Alonzo — (16 ago. 1862, West Orange, N.J., EE.UU.–17 mar. 1965, Stockton, Cal.). Entrenador estadounidense de equipos universitarios de fútbol americano. Jugó de defensa en la Universidad de Yale y en 1889 fue elegido para el primer equipo All America… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Amos Alonzo Stagg — Amos Alonzo Stagg, 1906 Amos Alonzo Stagg (* 16. August 1862 in West Orange; † 17. März 1965 in Stockton, Kalifornien) war ein amerikanischer Spieler und Trainer im Bereich des College Football. Er fungierte von 1890 bis 1946 als… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Amos Alonzo Stagg — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Amos Alonzo Stagg Amos Alonzo Stagg Título Entrenador en jefe Deporte …   Wikipedia Español

  • Amos Alonzo Stagg — College coach infobox Name = Amos Alonzo Stagg Caption = Amos Alonzo Stagg, 1906 DateOfBirth = August 16 1862 Birthplace = West Orange, New Jersey DateOfDeath = Dda|1965|2|17|1862|8|16 Sport = Football Title = Head Coach OverallRecord = NCAA: 314 …   Wikipedia

  • Amos Alonzo Stagg High School — Infobox Secondary school name = Amos Alonzo Stagg High School picture = principal = Eric Olsen established = 1964 type = Public secondary grades = 9–12 city = 8015 West 111th St. Palos Hills state = Illinois country = USA enrollment = 2,451… …   Wikipedia

  • Amos Alonzo Stagg Award — The Amos Alonzo Stagg Award is presented annually by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) to the “individual, group or institution whose services have been outstanding in the advancement of the best interests of football.’’ The award… …   Wikipedia

  • Amos — amos, as (del lat. «ambos»; ant.) adj. y pron. pl. *Ambos. * * * amos, mas. (Del lat. ambos). adj. pl. desus. ambos. * * * (as used in expressions) Alcott, (Amos) Bronson …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Stagg High School (Stockton, California) — Infobox Secondary school name = Amos Alonzo Stagg High School picture = principal = TBA established = 1959 type = Public grades = 9–12 city = 1621 Brookside Road Stockton, CA state = California country = USA enrollment = 2,200 faculty = 102… …   Wikipedia

  • Amos — /ay meuhs/, n. 1. a Minor Prophet of the 8th century B.C. 2. a book of the Bible bearing his name. 3. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning burden. * * * I flourished 8th century BC Earliest Hebrew prophet (one of the 12 Minor Prophets)… …   Universalium

  • Alonzo — (as used in expressions) Church Alonzo Marcus Alonzo Hanna Stagg Amos Alonzo * * * …   Universalium


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.