Waldorf pictured in The Redskin 1930, Oklahoma A&M yearbook
October 3, 1902|
Clifton Springs, New York
|Died||August 15, 1981
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
3 Missouri Valley (1930, 1932, 1933)
1 Big Six (1934)
1 Big Ten (1936)
3 Pacific Coast (1949, 1950, 1951)
AFCA Coach of the Year (1935)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (1970)
|College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1966 (profile)
Lynn Osbert "Pappy" Waldorf (October 3, 1902 – August 15, 1981) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College—now Oklahoma State University–Stillwater (1929–1933), Kansas State University (1934), Northwestern University (1935–1946), and the University of California, Berkeley (1947–1956), compiling a career college football record of 157–89–19. Waldorf had the most career victories of any Cal head coach at 67 until he was surpassed in 2010 by Jeff Tedford. Waldorf was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1966.
Waldorf began his major college career as head football coach at Oklahoma A&M from 1929 to 1933. In his five seasons at Oklahoma A&M Waldorf went 34–10–7, won three Missouri Valley Conference championships, and never lost to arch-rival Oklahoma. In 1932, Waldorf was also promoted to Director of Athletics at the school.
Nevertheless, in 1934, Waldorf was coaxed north to Kansas State, to replace Bo McMillin as football coach. Although Waldorf only coached K-State for one season, 1934, it was a remarkable year, as Kansas State captured the Big Six Conference championship, the first Big Six title in football for the school (it would be 69 years, in 2003 when the Wildcats would win their next conference title in the Big 12 Conference).
In 1935, Waldorf moved again, to Northwestern University, where he remained head coach until 1946. In his very first season at Northwestern, he was named college football's first national coach of the year. In his second season, he took Northwestern to the Big Ten Conference crown. His 12-year mark at Northwestern was 49–45–7. While at Northwestern, Waldorf also convinced future legend Otto Graham to try out for football.
As head football coach at University of California from 1947–1956, Pappy revived the program and established a 67–32–4 record. For three consecutive seasons, 1949–1951, his teams were undefeated in the regular season, won the Pacific Coast Conference title, and qualified for the Rose Bowl. Waldorf also posted a 7–1–2 record against rival Stanford University. After retiring from Cal in 1956, he joined the San Francisco 49ers as head of personnel and scouting, remaining with the team until 1972.
Head coaching record
|Oklahoma A&M Cowboys (Missouri Valley Conference) (1929–1933)|
|Kansas State Wildcats (Big Six Conference) (1934–1934)|
|Northwestern Wildcats (Big Ten Conference) (1935–1946)|
|California Golden Bears (Pacific Coast Conference) (1947–1956)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
- Pappy Waldorf at the College Football Hall of Fame
- Pappy Waldorf at the College Football Data Warehouse