Alpha Brumage

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Alpha Brumage
Alpha Brummage.jpg
Brumage pictured in The Bomb 1913, VMI yearbook
Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1880-03-16)March 16, 1880
Mitchell County, Kansas
Died March 11, 1963(1963-03-11) (aged 82)
San Antonio, Texas
Playing career
Football
1901–1903 Kansas
Position(s) Fullback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1904–1907 Ottawa (KS)
1908–1909 William Jewell
1911–1912 VMI
1913–1914 Kentucky
Basketball
1908–1910 William Jewell
1911–1913 VMI
1913–1915 Kentucky
Baseball
1914–1915 Kentucky
Head coaching record
Overall 49–27–1 (football)
49–26 (basketball)
16–13–1 (baseball)

Alpha Brumage (March 16, 1880 – March 11, 1963) was an American football player and coach of football, basketball, and baseball.

Coaching career[edit]

Ottawa[edit]

Brumage was the second head football at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas and he held that position for four seasons, from 1904 until 1907. His coaching record at Ottawa was 14–16–1. This ranks him 11th at Ottawa in total wins and 12th at Ottawa in winning percentage (.500).[1]

Brumage took over the team after a one-year hiatus because the school was attempting to purge professionalism from their college sports teams.

VMI[edit]

After completing his tenure at Ottawa, Brumage moved to Lexington, Virginia to become the tenth head football coach at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI). He held that position for two seasons, from 1911 until 1912. His career coaching record at VMI was 13–2. This ranks him eighth at VMI in total wins and first at VMI in winning percentage.[2]

Kentucky[edit]

Brumage then went to Kentucky where he was football coach from 1913 to 1914, compiling an 11–5 record, and basketball coach from 1913 to 1915, compiling a 19–7 record.

Late life and death[edit]

Brumage retired to San Antonio in the early 1940s. He died there on March 11, 1963.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]

Football[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Ottawa Braves (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1904–1907)
1904 Ottawa 3–5
1905 Ottawa 2–6–1
1906 Ottawa 5–2
1907 Ottawa 4–3
Ottawa: 14–16–1
William Jewell Cardinals () (1908–1909)
1908 William Jewell 4–2
1909 William Jewell 7–2
William Jewell: 11–4
VMI Keydets (Independent) (1911–1912)
1911 VMI 7–1
1912 VMI 6–1
VMI: 13–2
Kentucky Wildcats (Independent) (1913–1914)
1913 Kentucky 6–2
1914 Kentucky 5–3
Kentucky: 11–5
Total: 49–27–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

[4]

Basketball[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
William Jewell Cardinals () (1908–1910)
1908–09 William Jewell 6–7
1909–10 William Jewell 10–3
William Jewell: 16–10
VMI Keydets (Independent) (1911–1913)
1911–12 VMI 6–5
1912–13 VMI 8–4
VMI: 14–9
Kentucky Wildcats (Independent) (1913–1915)
1913–14 Kentucky 12–2
1914–15 Kentucky 7–5
Kentucky: 19–7
Total: 49–26

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