|Sport(s)||Football, basketball, baseball, track, cross country|
|Born||December 24, 1890|
|Died||August 8, 1979(aged 88)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
2 OAC (1917–1918)
George L. Rider (December 24, 1890 – August 8, 1979) was an American sports coach and athletics administrator at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. During his career he served as the head coach of football, basketball, baseball, track and cross country teams. 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.
Rider is best known for his 36 years of coaching track and cross country 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.
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 the College of 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.
Rider died on August 8, 1979 at the age of 88.
Head coaching record
|Hanover Panthers (Independent) (1915–1916)|
|Miami Redskins (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1917–1918)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
- Miami University Hall of Fame profile
- George L. Rider Track
- George Rider at the College Football Data Warehouse
- George Rider at College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com
- George Rider at Find a Grave