Clay Stapleton

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Clay Stapleton
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born c. 1921
Playing career
1941, 1946–1947 Tennessee
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Wofford (line)
Wyoming (assistant)
Oregon State (assistant)
Iowa State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
Iowa State
Florida State
Head coaching record
Overall 42–53–4
College Football Data Warehouse

Clayton Stapleton (born c. 1921) is a former American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He was the 23rd head football coach for the Iowa State University Cyclones located in Ames, Iowa and he held that position for ten seasons, from 1958 until 1967. His career coaching record at Iowa state was 42 wins, 53 losses, and 4 ties. This ranks him second at Iowa state in total wins and 17th at Iowa state in winning percentage.[1]

Stapleton was known for his single-wing offense, and notorious for punting on third down. He also served as Iowa State's athletic director following his coaching stint.

On September 9, 2006 Stapleton was inducted into the Iowa State Athletics Hall of Fame with fellow alumni Beth Bader, Jon Brown, John Crawford, Barry Hill, Russ Hoffman, Jerry McNertney, Hugo Otopalik, Keith Sims, and Winnifred Tilden.

Stapleton played collegiately at the University of Tennessee for Robert Neyland.


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