E. M. Waller

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E. M. Waller
Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1904-10-18)October 18, 1904
Bessemer, Alabama
Died June 4, 1988(1988-06-04) (aged 83)
Falls Church, Virginia
Alma mater Vanderbilt University
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1926–1932 Bessemer City HS (AL)
1933–1934 Middle Tennessee
1933–1935 Middle Tennessee
1933–1935 Middle Tennessee
Head coaching record
Overall 3–14–1 (college football)
9–12 (college basketball)
49–11–4 (high school football)

Edmund Meredith "Nig" Waller[1] (October 18, 1904 – June 4, 1988) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Middle Tennessee State University from 1934 to 1935. He also coached basketball and baseball there from 1933 to 1935. During his two-season tenure as basketball coach at Middle Tennessee State, Waller compiled an overall record of 9 wins and 12 losses, 9–12. His football record was an overall 3–14–1. Waller played quarterback under Dan McGugin at Vanderbilt University from 1924 to 1926. He was called "Nig" due to his dark complexion.[2] He was coach when Middle Tennessee was first dubbed the "Blue Raiders."

Prior to coaching at Middle Tennessee State University, Waller coached at Bessemer City High School in Bessemer, Alabama. In seven seasons at Bessemer, Waller went 49–11–4 (.797).[3]

Head coaching record[edit]

College football[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (Independent) (1933–1934)
1933 Middle Tennessee 1–7–1
1934 Middle Tennessee 2–7
Middle Tennessee: 3–14–1
Total: 3–14–1

College basketball[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (Independent) (1933–1935)
1933–34 Middle Tennessee 6–5
1934–35 Middle Tennessee 3–7
Middle Tennessee: 9–12
Total: 9–12