June 24, 1921|
|Died||October 30, 2014
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1955–1957||Oregon State (assistant)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
George Clayton Stapleton (June 24, 1921 – October 30, 2014) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He was the head football coach at Iowa State University from 1958 until 1967, compiling a record of 42–53–4 Stapleton was known for his single-wing offense and notorious for punting on third down. He served as Iowa State's athletic director following his coaching stint, from 1967 to 1970. He was the athletic director at Florida State University from 1971 to 1973 and at Vanderbilt University from 1973 to 1978. Stapleton played college football at the University of Tennessee for head coach Robert Neyland.
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.
Head coaching record
|Iowa State Cyclones (Big Seven / Big Eight Conference) (1958–1967)|
- Peterson, Randy (October 30, 2014). "Cyclones legendary 'Dirty 30' football coach has died". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
- Iowa State University Athletic Hall of Fame profile
- Clay Stapleton at the College Football Data Warehouse
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