Skip Stahley

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Skip Stahley
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1908-09-22)September 22, 1908 [1]
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Died June 27, 1992(1992-06-27) (aged 83) [2]
Portland, Oregon
Alma mater Pennsylvania State College
Columbia University [3]
Playing career
1928–1930 Penn State
Position(s) Back [3]
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1931–1933
1934
1935–1940
1941–1943
1946–1947
1948–1949
1950–1952
1953
1954–1961
Western Maryland (assistant)
Delaware
Harvard (assistant)
Brown
George Washington
Toledo
Washington (assistant)
Chicago Cardinals (assistant)
Idaho
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1960–1964
1964–1972
Idaho
Portland State
Head coaching record
Overall 56–85–3 (.399)
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

J. Neil "Skip" Stahley (September 22, 1908 – June 27, 1992) was a college football coach and athletic director. In sixteen seasons as a head coach, his overall record was 56–85–3 (.399).[4]

Stahley was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and was a 1931 graduate of Penn State, where he majored in English and played football, earning honorable mention All-American honors. A three-sport letterman, Stahley also captained the basketball and lacrosse teams for the Nittany Lions. He later earned a master's degree from Columbia University.[3]

Early coaching career[edit]

Stahley began his coaching career in 1931 as an assistant at Western Maryland. In 1934, he became the head coach at Delaware, and compiled a 4–3–1 record, then moved on to Harvard as an assistant. From 1941 to 1943, Stahley was the head coach at Brown, and compiled a 14–11 (.560) record.[4] He served in the navy in San Diego during World War II. From 1946 to 1947, Stahley coached George Washington University to a 5–10–1 record in Washington, DC. He joined the new staff under Howie Odell at Washington in Seattle in March 1948 as the backfield coach, but left two months later to be the head coach at Toledo[5] and compiled an 11–10 record in two seasons. Stahley returned to Seattle in 1950 as backfield coach at Washington for three seasons under Odell, where he mentored notable Huskies Hugh McElhenny[6] and Don Heinrich.[7] Odell was pressured to resign by the athletic director after a 7-3 season in 1952 and was replaced by John Cherberg, the coach of the freshman team.

NFL[edit]

Stahley left the Huskies to coach in the NFL as the backfield coach with the Chicago Cardinals under head coach Joe Stydahar. The Cardinals ended 1953 with a win in the final game to finish at 1-10-1 (.125), the worst record in the twelve-team league.[8]

Idaho[edit]

Stahley quickly returned to college football in February 1954 as the head coach at Idaho[7][3] at an annual salary of $9,000.[9] He compiled a 22–51–1 (.304) record in eight seasons in Moscow.[4] While on the Palouse, he coached future NFL notables Jerry Kramer, Wayne Walker,[6] Jim Prestel, and AFL all-star Jim Norton.[2] The Vandals were members of the Pacific Coast Conference for Stahley's first five seasons, then played as an independent when the conference disbanded. Idaho's only conference victory under Stahley came in his first season: the winless Vandals (0-5) surprised and shut out neighbor Washington State 10-0 in Pullman in the Battle of the Palouse in 1954. [10] It was Idaho's first victory in football over the Cougars in 29 years,[11] and the Vandals waited another decade to win the next.[12] The win started a four-game winning streak to finish at 4-5 for the 1954 season.

When Idaho athletic director Bob Gibb left in 1960, Stahley took over those duties in July[13] for four years. He handled both jobs for a year and a half, then stepped down under pressure as football coach in January 1962[14] and hired Dee Andros, an assistant coach at Illinois, in February.[15][16][17] After a decade in Moscow, Stahley resigned as Idaho's athletic director in 1964 to become the first full-time director of athletics at Portland State College (now PSU),[18] where he served until retirement in 1972.[2]

Halls of fame[edit]

Stahley is a member of the Idaho Sports Hall of Fame, the Western Pennsylvania Hall of Fame, and the National Association of Collegiate athletic directors Hall of Fame.[1]

Personal[edit]

Stahley married Mrs. Shirley Sherman Kime (c.1910-93) in Toledo, Ohio, on July 1, 1950. They had two daughters, and she had two sons from a previous marriage.[1][19] Following retirement from PSU in 1972, Stahley and his wife continued to reside in Portland for the next two decades; he died in 1992 at the age of 83,[2] and she died the following year.[20][21]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Delaware Fighting Blue Hens (Independent) (1934)
1934 Delaware 4–3–1
Delaware: 4–3–1
Brown Bears (Independent) (1941–1943)
1941 Brown 5–4
1942 Brown 4–4
1943 Brown 5–3
Brown: 14–11
George Washington Colonials (Southern) (1946–1947)
1946 George Washington 4–3
1947 George Washington 1–7–1
George Washington: 5–10–1
Toledo Rockets (Independent) (1948–1949)
1948 Toledo 5–6
1949 Toledo 6–4
Toledo: 11–10
Idaho Vandals (Pacific Coast) (1954–1958)
1954 Idaho 4–5 1–2 7th
1955 Idaho 2–7 0–4 9th
1956 Idaho 4–5 0–4 9th
1957 Idaho 4–4–1 0–3 9th
1958 Idaho 4–5 0–3 9th
Idaho Vandals (Independent) (1959–1961)
1959 Idaho 1–9
1960 Idaho 1–9
1961 Idaho 2–7
Idaho: 22–51–1 1–16
Total: 56–85–3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The University of Idaho Magazine, Oct-1992, Vol.10, No.4, p.20.
  2. ^ a b c d Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Former Idaho coach dies - 1992-07-02 - p.1C
  3. ^ a b c d Spokesman-Review - Stahley chosen Idaho grid pilot - 1954-02-12 - p.10
  4. ^ a b c CFB Data Warehouse - Skip Stahley - accessed 2009-10-03
  5. ^ Meriden (CT) Record - Stahley to coach at Toledo - Associated Press - 1948-05-05 - p.12
  6. ^ a b Spokesman-Review - Stahley's departure conjures memories - 1964-05-24 - p.*1
  7. ^ a b Ellensburg (WA) Daily Record - Skip Stahley named Idaho grid mentor - Associated Press - 1954-02-12 - p.6
  8. ^ "1953 Chicago Cardinals". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ Ellensburg Daily Record O.K. Stahley's $9,000 salary - Associated Press - 1954-02-23 - p.8
  10. ^ Boni, Bill (October 24, 1954). "Idaho thumps WSC, 10-0". Spokesman-Review. p. 1-sports. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Win made us ballclub, says Skip Stahley". Spokane Daily Chronicle. October 25, 1954. p. 17. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ Missildine, Harry (October 25, 1964). "Thunder Ray leads Idaho's charge". Spokesman-Review. p. 1-sports. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  13. ^ Spokesman-Review - Stahley new Idaho "A.D." in addition to grid post - 1960-03-22 - p.13
  14. ^ Spokesman-Review - Idaho regents drop Stahley from grid post - 1962-01-15 - p.10
  15. ^ Lewiston Morning Tribune - Illinois aide Dee Andros named Idaho football coach - 1962-02-18 p.8
  16. ^ Spokesman-Review - Former Sooner guard new Idaho coach - 1962-02-18 - p.1-sports
  17. ^ Spokane Daily Chronicle - New Vandal coach (photo) - 1962-02-19 - p.11
  18. ^ Lewiston Morning Tribune - Stahley quits Idaho post for job at Portland State - 1964-05-21 - p.10
  19. ^ The Toledo Blade - Stahley weds - 1950-07-04 - p.35
  20. ^ Moscow-Pullman Daily News - obituary - Shirley Stahley - 1993-09-21 - p.3A
  21. ^ The Toledo Blade - obituary - Shirley Sherman Stahley - 1993-09-15 - p.14

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