George Rider

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George Rider
Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball, track, cross country
Biographical details
Born (1890-12-24)December 24, 1890
Died August 8, 1979(1979-08-08) (aged 88)
Oxford, Ohio
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1915–1916
1917–1918
1920–1922

Basketball
1917–1919

Baseball
1918–1919

Track
1924–1960

Hanover
Miami (OH)
Washington University


Miami (OH)


Miami (OH)


Miami (OH)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1924–1940 Miami (OH)
Head coaching record
Overall 23–21–5 (football)
17–5 (basketball)
9–4 (baseball)
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Football
2 OAC (1917–1918)

George L. Rider (December 24, 1890 – August 8, 1979) was an American football, basketball, baseball, track and cross country coach and athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Hanover College from 1915 to 1916, at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio from 1917 to 1918, and at Washington University in St. Louis from 1920 to 1922, compiling a career college football record of 23–21–5. At Miami he also coached basketball from 1917 to 1919, baseball from 1918 to 1919, and track and cross country from 1924 to 1960. In addition he served as athletic director at Miami from 1924 to 1940. In 1959 Rider served as honorary president of the International Track and Field Coaches Association. He is a charter member of Miami University's Hall of Fame along with coaching legends including Walter Alston, Earl Blaik, Paul Brown, Weeb Ewbank, Ara Parseghian. and John Pont.

Coaching career[edit]

Football[edit]

Rider became Miami University's head coach for the 1917 and 1918 seasons because George Little was serving in the armed forces during World War I. In his two years he never lost a game and won back to back Ohio Athletic Conference championships. His 1917 football team outscored its opponents 202–0. This team went 6–0–2 with the only blemishes being scoreless ties with both Kentucky and Wooster. Rider's second season was just as successful with his team going 5–0–1. However, games against Kentucky, Wooster, and Wittenberg were canceled due to the flu pandemic. Rider stepped down when George Little returned to Oxford from World War I.

Track[edit]

Rider coached track and cross at Miami for 36 years, from 1924 to 1960. His track teams won nine Buckeye Conference titles and 10 consecutive Mid-American Conference championships. Also, his cross country teams captured nine Mid-American Conference Championships. In 1957, Rider was selected to the Helms Athletic Foundation Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame. Additionally, Miami's track is named in his honor for his contributions to the university athletic department.

Death[edit]

Rider died in Oxford, Ohio on August 8, 1979 at the age of 88.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Football[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Hanover Panthers (Independent) (1915–1916)
1915 Hanover 2–4
1916 Hanover 1–5
Hanover: 3–9
Miami Redskins (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1917–1918)
1917 Miami 6–0–2 5–0–1 1st
1918 Miami 5–0–1 4–0–1 1st
Miami: 11–0–3 9–0–2
Washington University Bears (Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1920–1922)
1920 Washington University 4–4 1–4 6th
1921 Washington University 4–3–1 2–3 T–7th
1922 Washington University 1–5–1 0–5–1 9th
Washington University: 9–12–2 3–12–1
Total: 23–21–5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

References[edit]

  1. ^ "George Rider". The Blade. August 10, 1979. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 

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