Art Kahler

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Art Kahler
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Coach Arthur D. Kahler
Sport(s) College football
Track and Field
Current position
Team Southwestern College (Kansas)
Biographical details
Born (1897-12-27)December 27, 1897
Died April 23, 1982(1982-04-23) (aged 84)
Playing career
1918–1922 Southwestern
Position(s) football, basketball
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Southwestern (football)
Southwestern (basketball)
Dickinson (football)
Brown (basketball)
Head coaching record
Overall 60-35-8 (football)
Accomplishments and honors
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, 1974[1]

Arthur D. Kahler (December 27, 1897 – April 23, 1982) was an American college football and basketball player and coach. He was listed in "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" as only person to coach at two different major colleges at the same time - head basketball coach at Brown University and football coach at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.[1] He later became a coach and Athletic Director at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.

Playing history[edit]

Kahler played football at Southwestern from 1918 until 1922. Walter Camp referred him as "a line of power" when he played Camp wrote high praises for his playing ability based on his senior year of 1922.[2]

Coaching history[edit]


Kahler was the head college football coach for the Sterling Warriors located in Sterling, Kansas.[3] He held that position for 3 seasons, from 1928 until 1930. His coaching record at Sterling was 19 wins, 5 losses and 2 ties. As of the conclusion of the 2012 season, this ranks him #6 at Sterling in total wins and #1 at the school in winning percentage (.769).[4]

Brown University/Dickinson College[edit]

Kahler coached Men's Basketball at Brown University from 1931 to 1938.[5] At the same time, he was head football coach at Dickinson College,[6] even though the schools are over 350 miles apart.[7] Kahler coached his 100th football victory at Dickinson and also introduced night football to the school.[8] He coached at Dickinson college from 1935 to 1941 and posted a record of 27 wins, 25 losses, and 5 ties. He was the 23rd head football coach at Dickinson and is ranked fourth in total wins and 12th in winning percentage. [9]

Southwestern College[edit]

Kahler was the 11th football coach for the Southwestern College Moundbuilders in Winfield, Kansas and held that position two seasons, 1946 and 1947. His overall coaching record at Southwestern was 14 wins, 4 losses, and 1 ties. This ranks him 12th at Southwestern in terms of total wins and 2nd at Southwestern in terms of total winning percentage (as of completion of the 2007 season).[10]

Kahler also served as the Men's Basketball coach at Southwestern for the 1947 and 1948 seasons, with an overall basketball record of 13 wins and 13 losses.[11] He also served as the athletic director of the school as well as coach of the track and field teams.

Southwestern honored the memory of Kahler by naming the football field "Art Kahler Field."[12]

In 1974, Kahler was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame[1]


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