Saunders pictured in Savitar 1910, Missouri yearbook
|Sport(s)||Football, basketball, baseball|
May 1, 1884|
St. Joseph, Missouri
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1922||Knox (IL) (assistant)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
William Howard "Bud" Saunders (May 1, 1884 – ?) was an American football player, coach of football and basketball, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at William Jewell College in 1911, at Haskell Institute—now Haskell Indian Nations University—from 1918 to 1919, at Grinnell College from 1920 to 1921, and at Clemson University from 1923 to 1926. Saunders was the head basketball coach at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois during the 1922–23 season and at Clemson from 1923 to 1925, compiling a career college basketball coaching record of 20–40. He also served as the athletic director at Clemson from 1923 to 1926.
Early life and college career
A native of St. Joseph, Missouri, Saunders graduated from the University of Missouri in 1911, in the field of law. He played football there as a quarterback on William Roper's 1909 team. He was also a member of Phi Delta Theta during his time at Missouri.
Saunders began his coaching career in William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri when he took charge of the football team in October 1911. He had been slated to coach football at Missouri Valley College that year, but the school disbanded their football team. Saunders served briefly as a football coach at Knox College previous to his stint at Clemson.
Head coaching record
|William Jewell Baptists () (1911)|
|Grinnell Pioneers (Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1920–1921)|
|Clemson Tigers (Southern Conference) (1923–1926)|
|1926||Clemson||2–2[n 1]||1–1[n 1]||[n 1]|
- Saunders resigned after the first four games of the 1926 season. Bob Williams, who had previously served as Clemson's head coach in 1906, 1909, and from 1913 to 1915, led the team for the final five games of the season. Clemson finished with an overall record of 2–7 and a conference mark of 1–3, placing 18th in the Southern Conference.
- "William Howard Saunders, United States World War I Draft Registration Cards". FamilySearch. Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
- "Bud Saunders to Coach Grinnel College Team". Springfield Missouri Republican. Springfield, Missouri. June 16, 1920. p. 3. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
- Savitar 1911. University of Missouri. p. 174. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
- Savitar 1911. University of Missouri. p. 83. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
- "Punts and Passes". The Kansas City Star. Kansas City, Missouri. October 16, 1911. p. 11. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
- "Former Head Coaches" (PDF). Retrieved December 6, 2013.
- Bud Saunders at College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com
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