Charles Best (American football)

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Charles Best
Charles M Best.jpg
Best pictured in The Cap & Gown 1918, Sewanee yearbook
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born (1874-07-25)July 25, 1874
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Died July 4, 1962(1962-07-04) (aged 87)
Alameda County, California
Alma mater Lafayette University (1899)
Playing career
1898 Lafayette
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1900–1901 Drake
1902 Purdue
1917–1918 Sewanee
1901–1902 Purdue
Head coaching record
Overall 24–13–3 (football)
10–3 (basketball)

Charles Monroe Best (July 25, 1874 – July 4, 1962)[1][2] was an American football and basketball coach. He served as the head football coach at Drake University (1900–1901), Purdue University (1902), and Sewanee: The University of the South (1917–1918), compiling a career college football record of 24–13–3. Best was also the head basketball coach at Purdue for one season in 1901–1902, tallying a mark of 10–3.

Coaching career[edit]


Best was the fifth head football coach at Drake University located in Des Moines, Iowa and he held that position for two seasons, from 1900 until 1901. His overall coaching record at Drake was 10 wins, 7 losses, and 0 ties. This ranks him 11th at Drake in terms of total wins and fourth at Drake in terms of winning percentage.[3]


Best coached for the 1902 season at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Best had his most successful season at Purdue, posting a rtecord of 7 wins, 2 losses, and 1 tie.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Drake Bulldogs (Independent) (1900–1901)
1900 Drake 6–3
1901 Drake 4–4
Drake: 10–7
Purdue Boilermakers (Western Conference) (1902)
1902 Purdue 7–2–1 2–2 5th
Purdue: 7–2–1 2–2
Sewanee Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1917–1918)
1917 Sewanee 4–2–2 3–2–2
1918 Sewanee 3–2 0–1
Sewanee: 7–4–1 3–3–2
Total: 24–13–3


External links[edit]

  • Charles Best at College Basketball at