Doug Dashiell

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Doug Dashiell
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1905-07-14)July 14, 1905
Died April 1975
Playing career
1920s Southwestern (TX)
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1936–1938 Nevada
1939–1940? Stockton JC
Head coaching record
Overall 8–13–1 (college)

Douglas Dashiell (July 14, 1905 – April 1975) was an American college football coach and United States Army Air Forces and Air Force officer. He served as the head coach at the University of Nevada, Reno from 1936 to 1938. He amassed an 8–13–1 record during his tenure.

Coaching career[edit]

Dashiell was born on July 14, 1905 and attended Las Vegas High School.[1] He attended college at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where he played on the football team.[2] In December 1935, the University of Nevada, Reno hired Dashiell as the head coach of its football team.[1] He held that post from 1936 through 1938 and amassed an 8–13–1 record.[3]

Through his first two seasons, Nevada recorded a 6–10 mark. During the 1938 season, the Wolf Pack amassed a 2–2–1 record with one game remaining against the College of the Pacific. Dashiell resigned on the eve of that game, October 27, 1938, bowing to pressure from an "open rebellion" amongst the student body.[2] Forty football players, the team manager, and student president had signed a petition for the ouster of Dashiell, line coach Duane Keller, and athletic director J. E. Martie.[2] The group stated:

"Our complaint against Martie is that he has refused to provide us with the proper equipment, that he is disrupting the whole athletic setup and that no football coach can hope to succeed so long as Martie is director of athletics ... So far as Doug Dashiell and Duane Keller are concerned, we have nothing against them personally. We believe them to be fine men, but we do not believe they know how to coach football. Their stuff will not work for a college team."[4]

The basketball team, however, requested the retention of Martie as its coach.[4] The final game against Pacific was "coachless", but led through pre-game practices by veteran tackle Harry Bradley and injured tackle Ray Garamendi.[4] Nevada lost, 51–0.[5] Dashiell remained on the physical education department faculty through the remainder of the school year.[2] In April, Dashiell stated he would not apply "for any position in the newly established Department of Athletics at the University of Nevada."[6]

In 1939, he took over as the head football coach at Stockton Junior College, where he served through at least 1940.[7]

After football[edit]

During the Second World War, he served as an officer in the United States Army Air Forces. On January 1, 1943, he was promoted to the rank of captain while serving as the physical training director for the USAAF West Coast Training Center.[8] After the war, he remained in the reserves, and as of 1955 was the commander of the 9342nd Air Reserve Squadron at the rank of lieutenant colonel.[9] He worked on the staff of the Veterans Administration Center at Sawtelle, California from 1946 through 1959.[10][11]

In October 1968, Dashiell suffered a fractured left knee when his wife lost control of a motorized golf cart and crashed into a parked truck on the Keauhou-Kona Golf Course in Kona, Hawaii.[12] Dashiell died in April 1975.

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Nevada Wolf Pack (Far Western Conference) (1936–1938)
1936 Nevada 4–4 2–2 3rd
1937 Nevada 2–6 1–3 4th
1938 Nevada 2–3–1 1–2 3rd
Nevada: 8–13–1 4–7
Total: 8–13–1


  1. ^ a b Dashiell New Nevada Coach, Christian Science Monitor, December 18, 1935.
  2. ^ a b c d Nevada Coach Quits On Eve Of C.O.P. Game, Lodi News-Sentinel, October 27, 1938.
  3. ^ Doug Dashiell Records by Year, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved December 31, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c Nevada Coach Ousted, Berkeley Daily Gazette, October 25, 1938.
  5. ^ 1938, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved December 31, 2010.
  6. ^ Not an Applicant, The Christian Science Monitor, April 24, 1939.
  7. ^ Rotary Club Entertained By Stockton; Coach From Junior College Speaking At Joint Meeting, Lodi News-Sentinel, November 15, 1940.
  8. ^ Dashiell Announces New Cadet Training Program, The Los Angeles Times, January 1, 1943.
  9. ^ Air Reserve Unit Lists Promotions, The Los Angeles Times, February 10, 1955.
  10. ^ Sawtelle Service Head Quits Position With VA, The Los Angeles Times, April 6, 1953.
  11. ^ Opera Set by Euterpe Club, The Los Angeles Times, April 12, 1959.
  12. ^ Irvine Pair Injured in Hawaii, The Press-Courier, October 27, 1968.

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