George Cole (American football)

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George Cole
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Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1906-02-24)February 24, 1906
Bauxite, Arkansas
Died January 24, 1978(1978-01-24) (aged 71)
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Playing career
1925–1927 Arkansas
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1934–1941 Arkansas (assistant)
1942 Arkansas
1945–1958 Arkansas (assistant)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1970–1973 Arkansas
Head coaching record
Overall 3–7

George R. Cole (February 24, 1906 – January 24, 1978)[1][2] was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at the University of Arkansas in 1942, compiling a record of 3–7.


Cole was born in 1906 in Bauxite, Arkansas.[3] He played quarterback for the Arkansas football team.[4] In 1927, he was selected to the All-Southwest Conference team. During the 1927 season, he broke the school's single season scoring record, which stood until 1965. During his career, he scored 185 points, scoring 22 touchdowns, and making seven field goals. He also played baseball during his college career.[citation needed]

After graduating from Arkansas, Cole coached high school football at Warren High School, then moved to College of the Ozarks (now University of the Ozarks).[5] In 1934, he became an assistant coach at Arkansas, while Fred Thomsen was head coach.

In his only season, he compiled a 3–7 record. After 1942, he left Arkansas to serve in World War II. He returned to Arkansas following the war as an assistant coach. He served in various on-field capacities as a coach, recruiter, and scout until he moved to administrative work in 1958. He replaced John Barnhill as athletic director in 1970. Six years later, Cole retired.[4]

Cole was selected to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1963, and, in 1974, he was selected to the Collegiate Athletic Directors Hall of Fame.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Arkansas Razorbacks (Southwest Conference) (1942)
1942 Arkansas 3–7 0–6 7th
Arkansas: 3–7 0–6
Total: 3–7


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "GEORGE COLE DIES", Altoona Mirror, January 25, 1978, Altoona, Pennsylvania
  3. ^ "Inductees". Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on April 17, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Henry, Orville; Bailey, Jim (1996). "13". The Razorbacks: a story of Arkansas football. University of Arkansas Press. pp. 74–77. ISBN 978-1-55728-430-3. Retrieved 2010-03-29. 
  5. ^ "University of the Ozarks Today" (PDF). University of the Ozarks. Winter 2003. Retrieved July 21, 2012.