Thad Vann

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Thad Vann
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Sport(s) Football, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1907-09-22)September 22, 1907
Magnolia, Mississippi
Died September 7, 1982(1982-09-07) (aged 74)
Jackson, Mississippi
Alma mater Ole Miss
Playing career
Football
1926–1928

Ole Miss
Position(s) Tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1937–1948
1949–1968

Baseball
1948–1949

Southern Miss (assistant)
Southern Miss


Southern Miss
Head coaching record
Overall 139–59–2 (football)
21–21 (baseball)
Bowls 0–2
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Football
3 Gulf States (1949–1951)
Awards
Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (1971)
Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame (1987)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1987 (profile)

Thad "Pie" Vann (September 22, 1907 – September 7, 1982) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at at the University of Southern Mississippi from 1949 to 1968. During his tenure, he compiled a 139–59–2 record and helped transform the Golden Eagles into one of the nation's elite programs. His only losing season came in 1968, after 19 consecutive winning seasons. His 1953 team went 9–2, including a major upset against Alabama. His 1954 team went 6–4 and upset Alabama once again. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

Head coaching record[edit]

Football[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Southern Miss Golden Eagles (Gulf States Conference) (1949–1951)
1949 Southern Miss 7–3 3–0 1st
1950 Southern Miss 5–5 3–1 1st
1951 Southern Miss 6–5 4–0 1st
Southern Miss Golden Eagles (NCAA College Division independent) (1952–1959)
1952 Southern Miss 10–2 L Sun
1953 Southern Miss 9–2 L Sun
1954 Southern Miss 6–4
1955 Southern Miss 9–1
1956 Southern Miss 7–2–1
1957 Southern Miss 8–3
1958 Southern Miss 9–0
1959 Southern Miss 6–4
Southern Miss Golden Eagles (NCAA University Division independent) (1960)
1960 Southern Miss 6–4
Southern Miss Golden Eagles (NCAA College Division independent) (1961–1962)
1961 Southern Miss 8–2
1962 Southern Miss 9–1
Southern Miss Golden Eagles (NCAA University Division independent) (1963–1968)
1963 Southern Miss 5–3–1
1964 Southern Miss 6–3
1965 Southern Miss 7–2
1966 Southern Miss 6–4
1967 Southern Miss 6–3
1968 Southern Miss 4–6
Southern Miss: 139–59–2 10–1
Total: 139–59–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

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