George T. Barclay

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George T. Barclay
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Barclay pictured in Yackety Yack 1956, North Carolina yearbook
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1910-05-24)May 24, 1910
Died October 6, 1997(1997-10-06) (aged 87)
Asheville, North Carolina
Playing career
1932–1934 North Carolina
Position(s) Guard, linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1947–1948 Maryland (assistant)
1949–1951 Washington and Lee
1952 North Carolina (assistant)
1953–1955 North Carolina
1957–1966 North Carolina (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 28–30–2
Bowls 0–1
Accomplishments and honors
1 SoCon (1950)
All-American, 1933
All-American, 1934

George T. Barclay (May 24, 1910 – October 6, 1997) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Washington and Lee University from 1949 to 1951 and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1953 to 1955, compiling a career college football record of 28–30–2. Barclay was a standout guard and linebacker at the North Carolina. He was a three-year starting player from 1932 to 1934. Barclay made the first team All-Southern Conference as a guard in 1933 and 1934 and was an All-American in 1934.

Coaching career[edit]

While serving as head coach at Washington and Lee University, Barclay took the Generals to their one and only post season bowl appearance in 1950 when they were beaten by Wyoming in the Gator Bowl. He was named the Southern Conference and Virginia Coach of the Year. Barclay became an assistant coach at Carolina under Carl Snavely. Snavely was a proponent of the single-wing offense, but thought Carolina's players were more suited to the split-T formation, and Barclay helped install it there. In 1953, he was hired as the head football coach. Barclay was dismissed from his alma mater in 1955, and replaced by Jim Tatum, who had been a teammate with him at Carolina.

Death and honors[edit]

Barclay died in 1997. The George Barclay Award for outstanding linebacker at North Carolina named in his honor. He was inducted to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1976.[1] Barclay Road in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is named after him.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Washington and Lee Generals (Southern Conference) (1949–1951)
1949 Washington and Lee 3–5–1 3–1–1 3rd
1950 Washington and Lee 8–3 6–0 1st L Gator
1951 Washington and Lee 6–4 5–1 T–3rd
Washington and Lee: 17–12–1 14–2–1
North Carolina Tar Heels (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1953–1955)
1953 North Carolina 4–6 2–3 T–3rd
1954 North Carolina 4–5–1 4–2 3rd
1955 North Carolina 3–7 3–3 T–4th
North Carolina: 11–18–1 9–8
Total: 28–30–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ "George Barclay". North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 

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