Bud Saunders

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Bud Saunders
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Saunders pictured in Savitar 1910, Missouri yearbook
Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1884-05-01)May 1, 1884
St. Joseph, Missouri
Playing career
1909 Missouri
1910–1911 Missouri
Position(s) Quarterback (football)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1911 William Jewell
1918–1919 Haskell Institute
1920–1921 Grinnell
1922 Knox (IL) (assistant)
1923–1926 Clemson
1922–1923 Knox (IL)
1923–1925 Clemson
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1923–1926 Clemson
Head coaching record
Overall 20–40 (basketball)

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[edit]

A native of St. Joseph, Missouri,[1] 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.[2] He was also a member of Phi Delta Theta during his time at Missouri.[3][4]

Coaching career[edit]

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.[5] Saunders served briefly as a football coach at Knox College previous to his stint at Clemson.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]

Saunders pictured as a senior in Savitar 1911, Missouri yearbook


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
William Jewell Baptists () (1911)
1911 William Jewell 2–3–5
William Jewell: 2–3–5
Grinnell Pioneers (Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1920–1921)
1920 Grinnell 3–3–1 0–2–1 7th
1921 Grinnell 2–5 0–4 9th
Grinnell: 5–8–1 0–6–1
Clemson Tigers (Southern Conference) (1923–1926)
1923 Clemson 5–2–1 1–1–1 T–11th
1924 Clemson 2–6 0–3 T–19th
1925 Clemson 1–7 0–4 T–20th
1926 Clemson 2–2[n 1] 1–1[n 1] [n 1]
Clemson: 10–17–1 2–9–1


  1. ^ a b c 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.


  1. ^ "William Howard Saunders, United States World War I Draft Registration Cards". FamilySearch. Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bud Saunders to Coach Grinnel College Team". Springfield Missouri Republican. Springfield, Missouri. June 16, 1920. p. 3. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ Savitar 1911. University of Missouri. p. 174. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ Savitar 1911. University of Missouri. p. 83. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Punts and Passes". The Kansas City Star. Kansas City, Missouri. October 16, 1911. p. 11. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Former Head Coaches" (PDF). Retrieved December 6, 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Bud Saunders at College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com