Charles Dudley Daly

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Charles Dudley Daly
Charles Dudley Daly close shot (American Football book).jpg
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1880-10-31)October 31, 1880
Roxbury, Massachusetts
Died February 12, 1959(1959-02-12) (aged 78)
Pacific Grove, California
Playing career
1898–1900 Harvard
1901–1902 Army
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1907 Harvard (assistant)
1913–1916 Army
1919–1922 Army
Head coaching record
Overall 58–13–3
Accomplishments and honors
2 National (1914, 1916)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1951 (profile)
Daly field marker at West Point

Charles Dudley "Charlie" Daly (October 31, 1880 – February 12, 1959)[1] was an American football player and coach, an author, and served in the United States Army during World War I. He played college football as a quarterback at Harvard University and the United States Military Academy and served as the head football coach at the latter from 1913 to 1916 and 1919 to 1922, compiling a career record of 58–13–3. Daly was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1951. He also served as Fire Commissioner in Boston during the 1910s.


Daly attended Boston Latin School[2] and Harvard University,[3] where he was a member of ΑΔΦ,[4] the Fly Club,[5] and the Hasty Pudding Club[6] and graduated in 1901 with an Artium Baccalaureus.[7] He also graduated from West Point in 1905.[8][9] His military record as of 1921 was: Captain Field Artillery, Regular Army, when United States entered the war; attached to 338th Field Artillery, 88th Division, Camp Dodge, Iowa; promoted temporary major August 5, 1917; attached to 29th Field Artillery; detailed to School of Fire, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, as instructor; promoted temporary lieutenant colonel June 25, 1918; promoted temporary colonel October 24; demoted Regular Army grade captain Field Artillery August 20, 1919; detailed to U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., as instructor; promoted major 1920; in service 1921.[7] He was also stationed at Ft. Sam Houston, Schofield Barracks, the U.S. Army War College, and Ft. Leavenworth.[10]

Daly played football for both Harvard and West Point teams. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.


Daly coached American football teams at both Harvard and West Point. Notably at West Point where he is known as the "Godfather of West Point Football"[2] he was coach to Dwight Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, Joseph Stilwell, Matthew Ridgway, James Van Fleet, George S. Patton and other American military luminaries of the 20th century.[11] In 1921 he founded the American Football Coaches Association.

At West Point he was an Assistant Professor of Military Science and Tactics from 1928 to 1934.[12] An athletic field there is named in honor of him.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Army Cadets (Independent) (1913–1916)
1913 Army 8–1
1914 Army 9–0
1915 Army 5–3–1
1916 Army 9–0
Army Cadets (Independent) (1919–1922)
1919 Army 6–3
1920 Army 7–2
1921 Army 6–4
1922 Army 8–0–2
Army: 58–13–3
Total: 58–13–3
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

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A remarkable similarity exists between war and football. This is particularly manifest in their organization. In both war and football we have the staff and the troops. In both we have the supply department, medical branch, and the instruction branch. In both, the importance of leadership is paramount. The principles of war laid down by Clausevitz are the principles of the application of force. Just so in football, we have exactly analogous principles of the application of force and a similar organization.

— Charles Dudley Daly, American Football


  1. ^ Edmund Emmet Daly (1937). History of the O'Dalys; the story of the ancient Irish sept; the race of Dalach of Corca Adaimh. New Haven, Conn.: Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor. p. 479. OCLC 4286380. .
  2. ^ a b Blaik, Earl Henry (1960). You Have to Pay the Price. New York: New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. p. 40. OCLC 492493. .
  3. ^ Harvard Alumni Directory. Boston: Harvard Alumni Association. 1919. 
  4. ^ Alpha Delta Phi (1899). Catalogue of the Alpha Delta Phi Society. New York: Executive Council of the Alpha Delta Phi Fraterity. .
  5. ^ Harvard University (1916). Catalogue of the Fly Club of Harvard University. Cambridge: printed for the Club. .
  6. ^ Hasty Pudding Club (1926). The First Catalogue of the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770. OCLC 23111551. .
  7. ^ a b Mead, Frederick Sumner (1921). Harvard's Military Record in the World War. Boston: Harvard Alumni Association. p. 242. OCLC 47241947. .
  8. ^ "Eleven Former Athletes Will Enter Army Sports Hall of Fame in September". West 2006-09-09. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  9. ^ Edwards, William Hanford (1916). Football days; memories of the game and of the men behind the ball. New York: Moffat, Yard and Company. p. 215. ISBN 1-60303-045-X. OCLC 2047234. 
  10. ^ Fisher, MSG Danny L. "Biography - COL Charles Dudley Daly". Archived from the original on 2008-05-21. Retrieved 2008-04-02.  (, archived by WebCite at )
  11. ^ Ford, Paul T. (1996). The Descendants of Crohan Daly in America: A Narrative Genealogy. Amherst, MA: P.T. Ford. OCLC 37277737. .
  12. ^ Harvard University (1937). Historical Register of Harvard University, 1636-1936. Cambridge: Harvard University. p. 175. OCLC 580949. .

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