George Little (American football coach)
Little pictured in The Cincinnatian 1915, Cincinnati yearbook
|Sport(s)||Football, basketball, baseball|
May 27, 1889|
|Died||February 23, 1957
New Brunswick, New Jersey
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|1922–?||Michigan (assistant AD)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
2 OAC (1916, 1921)
|College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1955 (profile)
George Edkin Little (May 27, 1889 – February 23, 1957) was an American football player, and coach of football, basketball, and baseball, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at the University of Cincinnati (1914–1915), Miami University (1916, 1919–1921), the University of Michigan (1924), and the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1925–1926), compiling a career college football record of 54–16–4. Little was also the head basketball coach at Cincinnati (1914–1916) and Miami (1916–1917, 1919–1922), tallying a career college basketball mark of 47–38. In addition to coaching, he served as the athletic director at Wisconsin and Rutgers University and as the Executive Secretary of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. Little was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1955.
Little was born in May 1889 in Washington, D.C. His father, George Little, was a Pennsylvania native and a school teacher. His mother, Marion Little, was also a Pennsylvania native. He had a younger brother, Howard Little (born July 1890), and a younger sister, Elizabeth Little (born February 1897). At the time of the 1900 United States Census, the family was living in Wolf Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.
Little first head coach position was at the University of Cincinnati. He had an overall record of 10–8 including his only losing season a 4–5 record in 1915.
Little was named Miami University's head coach for the 1916 season succeeding Chester J. Roberts. His first team went 7–0–1 and won the Ohio Athletic Conference. This team gave up only six points, all in a game against Wooster, with the only blemish on their record being a 0–0 tie with Denison.
He returned and led the Redskins a 7–1 record in 1919 and a 5–2–1 record in 1920. He once again won the Ohio Athletic Conference championship in 1921 with a perfect 8–0 record. The 1921 team scored 238 points during the season and gave up only 13. In his four years as Miami's head coach, Little compiled a record of 27–3–2 including 21 games where the opponent did not score. He left Miami to become Fielding H. Yost's top assistant at the University of Michigan.
Little was the top assistant under Yost for two seasons at Michigan before being named head coach in 1924. That year, he compiled a record of 6–2. Little and the Wolverines shut out their opponents in five of the six victories. After that season, Little left to accept the head football coach and athletic director positions at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
In his two years as the Badgers head coach, Little compiled a record of 11–3–2. His most successful year at Wisconsin was in 1925 when he led the Badgers to a 6–1–1 record and a second place finish in the Big Ten Conference. His one loss in the conference was to his former team, Michigan, by a score of 21–0. The Wolverines were led by Yost, who had returned to the head coaching position.
In a draft registration card completed at the time of World War II, Little reported that he was living in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and working for the Rutgers University physical education department.
Head coaching record
|Cincinnati Bearcats (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1914–1915)|
|Miami Redskins (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1916)|
|Miami Redskins (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1919–1921)|
|Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten Conference) (1924)|
|Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Conference) (1925–1926)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
- Census entry for George Little and family. Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Census Place: Wolf, Lycoming, Pennsylvania; Roll: T623_1438; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 69.
- "GEORGE E. LITTLE OF RUTGERS DIES; Former Athletics Director Was Official of National Football Hall of Fame". The New York Times. February 24, 1957. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
- Ancestry.com. Ohio Soldiers in WWI, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: The Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the World War, 1917-18. Columbus, OH, USA: The F.J. Heer Printing Co., 1926.
- Draft Registration Card for George Edkin Little, born May 27, 1889. Ancestry.com. U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line]. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; State Headquarters: New Jersey.