Howard Odell

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Howard Odell
Howard Odell.png
circa 1950
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1910-11-30)November 30, 1910
Brooks, Iowa
Died October 30, 2000(2000-10-30) (aged 89)
Portland, Oregon
Playing career
1932–1933 Pittsburgh
Position(s) Running back, punter
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1934–1935
1936–1937
1938–1941
1942 (spring)
1942–1947
1948–1952
Pittsburgh (backfield)
Harvard (assistant)
Penn (assistant)
Wisconsin (backfield)
Yale
Washington
Head coaching record
Overall 58–40–4 (.588)
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

Howard "Howie" Odell (November 30, 1910 – October 30, 2000) was an American football player and coach. He was the head coach at Yale University from 1943 to 1947,[1] and at the University of Washington from 1948 to 1952, compiling a career record of 58–40–4 (.588).

Born to Harry H. Odell, Howie Odell was one of six children.[2][3][4]

Odell missed his first season with Washington in 1948 with a kidney ailment. He was fired by the athletic director after his fifth season with the Huskies in December 1952, after a 7–3 season and a third place finish in the Pacific Coast Conference.[5][6][7] Odell was officially let go by the university's board of regents a month later.[8]

Odell opened a used car lot and was a television sportscaster, and ran for the Seattle City Council in 1954.[9] He was elected to the King County Commission in 1957 and served until 1962. He then retired and moved to southern California, and spent his later years teaching ballroom dancing, working on hydroplanes, and playing golf.[10]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Yale Bulldogs (Independent) (1942–1947)
1942 Yale 5–3
1943 Yale 4–5
1944 Yale 7–0–1
1945 Yale 6–3
1946 Yale 7–1–1 12
1947 Yale 6–3
Yale: 35–15–2
Washington Huskies (Pacific Coast Conference) (1948–1952)
1948 Washington 2–7–1 2–5–1 7th
1949 Washington 3–7 2–5 T–6th
1950 Washington 8–2 6–1 2nd 15 11
1951 Washington 3–6–1 1–5–1 7th
1952 Washington 7–3 6–2 3rd
Washington: 23–25–2 17–18–2
Total: 58–40–0
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hewins, Jack (January 17, 1948). "Quiet Howie Odell new Husky coach". Ellensburg Daily Record. Associated Press. p. 6. 
  2. ^ "Harry Odell, 63, Dies; Farther Of Two Coaches". Chicago Daily Tribune. May 5, 1949. 
  3. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=h1VxAAAAMAAJ&dq=Howie+Odell+yale+iowa&q=Howie+Odell#search_anchor
  4. ^ "ODELL TO BECOME FOOTBALL COACH AT YALE". Chicago Daily Tribune. May 8, 1942. 
  5. ^ "Howie Odell says he's through at Washington". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. December 16, 1952. p. 19. 
  6. ^ "Odell announces he'll get boot at Washington". The Bulletin (Bend, OR). United Press. December 17, 1952. p. 7. 
  7. ^ "Husky leader backs Cassill; Howie Odell out". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. December 21, 1952. p. 2C. 
  8. ^ "Howie Odell final fired as Washington grid coach". Toledo Blade. United Press. January 25, 1953. p. 39. 
  9. ^ "Howie Odell files for Seattle City Council". Ellensburg Daily Record. Associated Press. December 24, 1953. p. 1. 
  10. ^ "Howie Odell, 1910-2000". Columns. University of Washington alumni magazine. March 2001. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 

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