Don Fambrough

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Don Fambrough
Coach Don Fambrough.jpg
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1922-10-19)October 19, 1922
Longview, Texas
Died September 3, 2011(2011-09-03) (aged 88)
Lawrence, Kansas
Playing career
1941–1942 Texas
1946–1947 Kansas
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1948–1953 Kansas (assistant)
1954–1956 East Texas State (assistant)
1957 Wichita State (assistant)
1958–1970 Kansas (assistant)
1971–1974 Kansas
1979–1982 Kansas
Head coaching record
Bowls 0–2

Donald Preston "Don" Fambrough (October 19, 1922 – September 3, 2011) was an American football player and coach. He was the head coach at the University of Kansas.

Early life[edit]

Fambrough was born on October 19, 1922 in Longview, Texas to Ivey and Willie Whittington Fambrough. He attended Longview High School.

College football/military career[edit]

Fambrough played college football at Texas in 1941 and 1942 before serving in the US Army Air Corps during World War II.[1] After returning home from the war, he and his wife moved to Lawrence, Kansas. While in Lawrence, he chose to play football at the University of Kansas.

Coaching career[edit]

His first coaching job was at Kansas as assistant from 1948 to 1953. After that, he served as an assistant at East Texas State and Wichita State. Fambrough eventually found his way back to Kansas as assistant coach under Jack Mitchell from 1958. Following the 1970 season, he got his dream job as the head coach at Kansas before the 1971 season. He served as the coach of Kansas from 1971 to 1974 and again from 1979 to 1982 and compiled a 37–48–5 record as a head coach.

Later life[edit]

Fambrough remained involved in Kansas football leading up to his death, and would occasionally take part in team practices. The school dedicated a bench overlooking Memorial Stadium to him in 2007.[2] Fambrough is known for his hatred of rival Missouri[3] and gave an annual anti-Missouri speech to the football team before each Border War game.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He married his wife, Delfred Few, on October 4, 1941. Del Fambrough, who taught English for many years at Lawrence High School, preceded him in death on November 17, 2001. The couple had two children, sons Robert and Preston.


Farmbrough died September 3, 2011 at his home in Lawrence, Kansas from head injuries sustained in a fall.[5] He was survived by two children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Kansas Jayhawks (Big Eight Conference) (1971–1974)
1971 Kansas 4–7 2–5 T–5th
1972 Kansas 4–7 2–5 T–6th
1973 Kansas 7–4–1 4–2–1 T–2nd L Liberty 15 18
1974 Kansas 4–7 1–6 T–7th
Kansas Jayhawks (Big Eight Conference) (1979–1982)
1979 Kansas 3–8 2–5 T–5th
1980 Kansas 4–5–2 3–3–1 4th
1981 Kansas 8–4 4–3 T–3rd L Hall of Fame Classic
1982 Kansas 2–7–2 1–5–1 T–6th
Kansas: 37–48–5 20–33–3
Total: 37–48–5
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.

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