Henry L. Williams

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Henry L. Williams
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Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1869-07-26)July 26, 1869
Hartford, Connecticut
Died June 14, 1931(1931-06-14) (aged 61)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Playing career
1887–1890 Yale
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1891
1892–1899
1900–1921
Army
William Penn Charter (PA)
Minnesota
Head coaching record
Overall 141–34–12 (college)
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 National (1904)
8 Big Ten (1900, 1903–1904, 1906, 1909–1911, 1915)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1951 (profile)

Henry Lane Williams (July 26, 1869 – June 14, 1931) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the United States Military Academy in 1891 and the University of Minnesota from 1900 to 1921, compiling a career college football record of 141–34–12. Williams's Minnesota Golden Gophers teams won eight Big Ten Conference titles and his 136 wins are the most of any coach in team history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1951.

Coaching career[edit]

After playing football at Yale University, Williams began his coaching career at the United States Military Academy in 1891 while he was a teacher at Siglar Academy in Newburgh, New York. He then moved to Philadelphia where he enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine while he coached football and track at William Penn Charter School.

In 1900, Williams was hired as the head football coach at the University of Minnesota. His Minnesota Golden Gophers were Big Ten Conference champions eight times (1900, 1903, 1904, 1906, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1915). Williams had a 136–33–11 record at Minnesota. His winning percentage (.786) is the highest of any Gopher football coach to date with the exception of Wallie Winter who went 6–0 in his only season 1893. In 1903, the Gophers went 14–0–1. Their lone tie came against Fielding H. Yost's Michigan Wolverines. After the contest, the Wolverines left behind their water jug at Northrop Field, which gave rise to the Little Brown Jug, one of the oldest and most famous college football trophies. Williams coached Minnesota players such as Gil Dobie, Clark Shaughnessy, and Bernie Bierman, who each went on to Hall of Fame coaching careers. One of Williams' important innovations was the Minnesota shift.[1]

Williams was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame with the inaugural class in 1951. Williams Arena, the home venue for Minnesota basketball, was renamed in his honor after a remodeling in the 1950s.

Head coaching record[edit]

College[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing
Army Cadets (Independent) (1891)
1891 Army 5–1–1
Army: 5–1–1
Minnesota Golden Gophers (Big Ten Conference) (1900–1921)
1900 Minnesota 10–0–2 3–0–1 T–1st
1901 Minnesota 9–1–1 3–1 3rd
1902 Minnesota 9–2–1 3–1 3rd
1903 Minnesota 14–0–1 3–0–1 T–1st
1904 Minnesota 13–0 3–0 T–1st
1905 Minnesota 10–1 2–1 T–2nd
1906 Minnesota 4–1 2–0 T–1st
1907 Minnesota 2–2–1 0–1–1 5th
1908 Minnesota 3–2–1 0–2 T–6th
1909 Minnesota 6–1 3–0 1st
1910 Minnesota 6–1 2–0 T–1st
1911 Minnesota 6–0–1 3–0–1 1st
1912 Minnesota 4–3 2–2 T–3rd
1913 Minnesota 5–2 2–1 T–2nd
1914 Minnesota 6–1 3–1 2nd
1915 Minnesota 6–0–1 3–0–1 T–1st
1916 Minnesota 6–1 3–1 3rd
1917 Minnesota 4–1 3–1 2nd
1918 Minnesota 5–2–1 2–1 T–4th
1919 Minnesota 4–2–1 3–2 T–4th
1920 Minnesota 1–6 0–6 T–9th
1921 Minnesota 3–4 2–4 T–6th
Minnesota: 136–33–11 50–25–5
Total: 141–34–12
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sport: Trophies and Gophers, TIME Magazine, November 3, 1941.

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