Babe Hollingbery

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Babe Hollingbery
Babe Hollingbery.jpg
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1893-07-15)July 15, 1893
Hollister, California
Died January 12, 1974(1974-01-12) (aged 80)
Yakima, Washington
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1926–1942 Washington State
Head coaching record
Overall 93–53–14
Bowls 0–1
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
1 PCC (1930)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1979 (profile)

Orin E. "Babe" Hollingbery (July 15, 1893 – January 12, 1974) was an American football coach. He served as the head coach at the State College of Washington, now Washington State University, from 1926 to 1942, compiling a record of 93–53–14. Hollingbery's 93 wins are the most by any coach in the history of the Washington State Cougars football program. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

Hollingbery coached at Washington State during what is generally agreed as its greatest football era. The Cougars did not lose a home game from 1926 to 1935, and the 1930 teams advanced to the 1931 Rose Bowl game against Alabama. He coached some of the greatest names in Washington State history, including Turk Edwards, Mel Hein, Mel Dressel, Dale Gentry, Ed Goddard, Harold Ahlskog, Elmer Schwartz, Bob Kennedy, Nick Suseoff, Bill Sewell, John Bley and Herbert "Butch" Meeker. Hollingbery also was the creator of the East–West Shrine Game and the head coach of the West team in the first East–West Shrine Game in 1925. He coached in a total of 18 Shrine games. In the Shrine Game he coached players such as Harold Muller, Rags Matthews, and George Sauer.

Hollingbery Fieldhouse at Washington State University, a facility serving many different sports, was built in 1929 and renamed for the coach in 1963. When the football program at Washington State was suspended during World War II, Hollingbery moved to Yakima, Wash., and started a lucrative hop-growing business.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
Washington State Cougars (Pacific Coast Conference) (1926–1942)
1926 Washington State 6–1 4–1 T–3rd
1927 Washington State 3–3–2 1–3–1 7th
1928 Washington State 7–3 4–3 4th
1929 Washington State 10–2 4–2 5th
1930 Washington State 9–1 6–1 1st L Rose
1931 Washington State 6–4 4–3 4th
1932 Washington State 7–1–1 5–1–1 2nd
1933 Washington State 5–3–1 3–3–1 T–5th
1934 Washington State 4–3–1 4–0–1 2nd
1935 Washington State 5–3–1 3–2 T–4th
1936 Washington State 6–3–1 6–2–1 2nd
1937 Washington State 3–3–3 3–3–2 T–4th
1938 Washington State 2–8 1–7 9th
1939 Washington State 4–5 3–5 6th
1940 Washington State 4–4–2 3–4–2 4th
1941 Washington State 6–4 5–3 T–2nd 19
1942 Washington State 6–2–2 5–1–1 2nd 17
Washington State: 93–53–14 64–42–10
Total: 93–53–14
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final AP Poll.


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