Charles Thomas (American football)

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Charles Thomas
Charles Thomas (1891).jpg
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born c. 1872
Omaha, Nebraska
Died September 19, 1920 (aged 48)
Omaha, Nebraska
Playing career
1891–1892 Michigan
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1893–1894 Nebraska (assistant)
1895 Nebraska
1901–1902 Arkansas
Head coaching record
Overall 15–11
Accomplishments and honors
1 WIUFA (1895)

Charles Ladd Thomas (c. 1872 – September 19, 1920) was an American football player and coach. A native of Omaha, Nebraska,[1] Thomas enrolled at the University of Michigan where he played at the guard position for the Michigan Wolverines football teams of 1891 and 1892.[2] After graduating from Michigan in 1893, Thomas returned to Nebraska where he served as an assistant football coach at the University of Nebraska under Frank Crawford in 1893 and 1894. In 1895, he took over as Nebraska's head football coach, posting a 6–3 record. From 1901 to 1902, he served as the head football coach at Arkansas, where he compiled a 9–8 record. As a head coach, his overall record was 15–11.


After Frank Crawford left Nebraska to go to the University of Texas in 1894, Thomas became the head coach for the 1895 season. He remained the coach for one year and had a 6–3 record while winning a share of the Western Interstate University Football Association title. Thomas took the Nebraska football team on its first long road trip with a game in Butte, Montana to play Butte's local athletic club.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Nebraska Bugeaters (Western Interstate University Football Association) (1895)
1895 Nebraska 6–3 2–1 T–1st
Nebraska: 6–3 2–1
Arkansas Cardinals (Independent) (1901–1902)
1901 Arkansas 3–5
1902 Arkansas 6–3
Arkansas: 9–8
Total: 15–11
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


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