Chuck Taylor (American football)

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Chuck Taylor
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1920-01-24)January 24, 1920
Portland, Oregon
Died May 7, 1994(1994-05-07) (aged 74)
Stanford, California
Playing career
1940–1942
1946
Stanford
Miami Seahawks
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1948
1949–1950
1951–1957
Stanford (freshmen)
San Francisco 49ers (assistant)
Stanford
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1963–1971 Stanford
Head coaching record
Overall 40–29–2
Bowls 0–1
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 PCC (1951)
Awards
All-American, 1942
AFCA Coach of the Year (1951)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1984 (profile)

Charles Albert "Chuck" Taylor (January 24, 1920 – May 7, 1994) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He played college football at Stanford University from 1940 to 1942, returned as head football coach from 1951 to 1957, and served as the school's athletic director from 1963 to 1971. During his coaching tenure at Stanford, Taylor compiled a 40–29–2 record and led the Indians to the 1952 Rose Bowl his first season. That same season, at the age of 31, Taylor was named AFCA Coach of the Year, the youngest recipient of the award ever.[1]

As a sophomore, Taylor was one of the "Wow Boys" on the undefeated 1940 Stanford Indians football team and played in Stanford's 1941 Rose Bowl victory over Nebraska.[1][2] As a senior in 1942, he was an All-American guard.[1][2]

By coaching his team to the 1952 Rose Bowl, Taylor became the first person to have participated in the Rose Bowl both as a player and a head coach; only six other men have accomplished this feat since Taylor.[3]

After leaving coaching in 1957, Taylor returned to Stanford in 1963 as Director of Athletics, where he served until 1971, when Stanford again played in the 1971 Rose Bowl, giving him the distinction of being only one of two men who has participated in a Rose Bowl Game as a player, coach, and athletic director.[1][2] (The other man is Jess Hill of USC, who played in the 1930 Rose Bowl, coached in the 1953 and 1955 Rose Bowls, and was athletic director for the 1963, 1967, 1968, 1969, and 1970 Rose Bowls.)

For many years Taylor and his wife also directed a camp for young people in the coastal range of Northern California near Santa Cruz, called Mountain Camp, where hundreds of young people enjoyed two-week sessions with unlimited recreation and character-building activities.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Stanford Indians (Pacific Coast Conference) (1951–1957)
1951 Stanford 9–2 6–1 1st L Rose 7 7
1952 Stanford 5–5 2–5 T–6th
1953 Stanford 6–3–1 5–1–1 2nd 17 19
1954 Stanford 4–6 2–4 6th
1955 Stanford 6–3–1 3–2–1 3rd 20 16
1956 Stanford 4–6 3–4 6th
1957 Stanford 6–4 4–3 5th
Stanford: 40–29–2 25–20–2
Total: 40–29–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

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