Clay Stapleton

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Clay Stapleton
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1921-06-24)June 24, 1921
Jenkins, Kentucky
Died October 30, 2014(2014-10-30) (aged 93)
Marshall, Missouri
Playing career
1941, 1946–1947 Tennessee
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1950–1952 Wofford (line)
1953–1954 Wyoming (assistant)
1955–1957 Oregon State (assistant)
1958–1967 Iowa State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1967–1970 Iowa State
1971–1973 Florida State
1973–1978 Vanderbilt
Head coaching record
Overall 42–53–4

George Clayton Stapleton (June 24, 1921 – October 30, 2014) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He was the 23rd head football coach for the Iowa State University Cyclones located in Ames, Iowa, and held that position for ten seasons, from 1958 until 1967. His career coaching record at Iowa state was 42 wins, 53 losses, and 4 ties. This ranks him second at Iowa state in total wins and 17th at Iowa state in winning percentage.[1]

Stapleton was known for his single-wing offense, and notorious for punting on third down. He also served as Iowa State's athletic director following his coaching stint.

On September 9, 2006, Stapleton was inducted into the Iowa State Athletics Hall of Fame with fellow alumni Beth Bader, Jon Brown, John Crawford, Barry Hill, Russ Hoffman, Jerry McNertney, Hugo Otopalik, Keith Sims, and Winnifred Tilden.

Stapleton played collegiately at the University of Tennessee for Robert Neyland.

Stapleton died on October 30, 2014, in Marshall, Missouri, at the age of 93.[2][3]


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