Berry Whitaker

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Berry Whitaker
Whitaker c. 1921 at Texas
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born (1890-10-22)October 22, 1890
Died January 10, 1984(1984-01-10) (aged 93)
Playing career
1911–1913 Indiana
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1914–1916 Stephen F. Austin HS (TX)
1919 Texas (assistant)
1920–1922 Texas
1919–1920 Texas
Head coaching record
Overall 22–3–1 (college football)
10–6 (college basketball)
Accomplishments and honors
1 SWC (1920)

Berry M. Whitaker (October 22, 1890 – January 10, 1984) was an American college football and college basketball coach. He also organized one of the nation's first university intramural programs at The University of Texas at Austin.[1] Whitaker served as the school's football head coach from 1920 to 1922 and as its basketball head coach for the 1920 season.[2][3] Whitaker retired from coaching after the 1922 season, citing the physical toll that the stress of defeats took on him and also his desire to return to the work he most enjoyed—directing the University's intramural sports program, which he would do until 1960.[3][4] The UT intramural fields were named in Whitaker's honor following their relocation and expansion in 1967.[1] Whitaker was inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1977.[3]

A native of Anderson, Indiana, Whitaker played college football at Indiana University Bloomington.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

College football[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Texas Longhorns (Southwest Conference) (1920–1922)
1920 Texas 9–0 5–0 1st
1921 Texas 6–1–1 1–0–1 2nd
1922 Texas 7–2 2–1 2nd
Texas: 22–3–1 8–1–1
Total: 22–3–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ a b "History – Intramural Sports for Men". Retrieved June 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ "2014–15 Texas Basketball Fact Book" (PDF). pp. 65–66. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Texas Football – All-time Head Coaches". Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Whitaker Fields History". Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ Weeg, William J. (March 17, 1920). "Whitaker To Succeed Juneau; Will Coach Football Eleven". El Paso Herald. El Paso, Texas. p. 12. Retrieved July 5, 2017 – via open access publication – free to read.