James Whipple

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James Whipple
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1873-10-19)October 19, 1873
Decota, Alameda County, California
Died November 7, 1914(1914-11-07) (aged 41)
Niles, Alameda County, California
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley (1900)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record
Overall 18–3–2 (.826)

James Ray Whipple (October 19, 1873 – November 7, 1914) was an American football coach in the United States.

Playing career[edit]

Whipple attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated in the class of 1900.[1] He also played on the football team, captaining the team in 1899. During that season, Whipple was banned from playing a match held on Thanksgiving Day due to his academic deficiencies.[2] Whipple however defied the order and participated in the match anyways, and was suspended on December 9, 1899 until January of the New Year.[3]

Coaching career[edit]


Coach Whipple was the head coach of the California college football program from 1902 to 1903.[4]


After his work at California, Coach Whipple was the head coach for the Hillsdale Chargers located in Hillsdale, Michigan. He held that position for the 1907 season. His coaching record at Hillsdale was 4 wins and 2 losses. As of the conclusion of the 2009 season, this ranks him #18 at Hillsdale in total wins and #7 at the school in winning percentage (.667).[5]

Personal life[edit]

On May 19, 1898, Whipple married Laura M. Thane.[6] He later worked in the mining profession in Alaska following his graduation from university. He died on November 7, 1914.[7]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
1902 California 8-0-0
1903 California 6-1-2
Total: 14-1-2
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl, or College Football Playoff (CFP) game.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


  1. ^ American Institute of Mining Engineers (1915). Bulletin of the American Institute of Mining Engineers (nos. 97-100). The Institute. Retrieved April 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ "California's Captain Disbarred.". The San Francisco Chronicle. November 16, 1899. p. 8. Retrieved August 21, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  3. ^ "Whipple Gets Off Lightly". The San Francisco Chronicle. December 9, 1899. p. 11. Retrieved August 21, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  4. ^ "James R. Whipple Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved December 1, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Hillsdale Chargers 2010 Media Guide" (PDF). Hillsdale College. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Whipple--Thane". Oakland Tribune. May 21, 1898. p. 6. Retrieved August 21, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  7. ^ Engineering and Mining Journal 98. McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. 1914. ISSN 0361-3941. Retrieved April 14, 2015.