James F. Lanagan

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James F. Lanagan
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Team Stanford University
Biographical details
Born c. 1879
Died August 7, 1937
Applegate, California
Playing career
1897–1900 Stanford (baseball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Stanford (football)
Stanford (rugby)
Stanford (baseball)
Head coaching record
Overall Football: 23–2–4
Rugby: 26–8–1
Baseball: 19–19–2

James Francis "Jimmy" Lanagan (c. 1879 – August 7, 1937) was an American football, rugby, and baseball coach at Stanford University.

Lanagan played college baseball at Stanford from 1897 to 1900.[1] In 1903, despite never having played football, Lanagan was selected as Stanford's head football coach, and coached the team for three years, compiling an overall record of 23–2–4.[1]

Following the 1905 season, Stanford, responding like other American universities to concerns about the violence in football, dropped football in favor of rugby from 1906 to 1917.[2][3] Despite having no knowledge of the sport, Lanagan was retained as the rugby coach, spending time in Vancouver, British Columbia to study the sport.[1] In his first season, the team ended with a 6–2–1 season. Lanagan remained as rugby coach for two more seasons.[1] He also served as Stanford's baseball coach from 1906 to 1907.[1][4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Stanford (Independent) (1903–1905)
1903 Stanford 8–0–3
1904 Stanford 7–2–1
1905 Stanford 8–0
Stanford: 23–2–4
Total: 23–2–4


  1. ^ a b c d e Migdol, Gary (1997). Stanford: Home of Champions. Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing LLC. pp. 33, 36. ISBN 1-57167-116-1. Retrieved June 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Many changes in rugby game". The Evening News (San Jose). September 14, 1906. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ Elliott, Orrin Leslie (1937). Stanford University - The First Twenty Five Years 1891-1925. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. pp. 231–233. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ "James F. Lanagan". New York Times. August 8, 1937. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 

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