George Washington Woodruff
February 22, 1864|
|Died||March 24, 1934
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|3 National (1894–1895, 1897)|
|College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1963 (profile)
|Attorney General of Pennsylvania|
January 20, 1923 – January 18, 1927
|Preceded by||George Alter|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Baldrige|
George Washington Woodruff (February 22, 1864 – March 24, 1934) was an American football player, rower, coach, teacher, lawyer and politician. He served as the head football coach at the University of Pennsylvania (1892–1901), the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (1903), and Carlisle Indian Industrial School (1905), compiling a career college football record of 142–25–2. Woodruff's Penn teams of 1894, 1895, and 1897 have been recognized as national champions. Woodruff was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1963.
Playing career and education
Woodruff graduated from Yale University in 1889, where he was a member of Skull and Bones,:65 and the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his LL.B. law degree in 1895. His football teammates at Yale included Amos Alonzo Stagg, Pudge Heffelfinger, and Pa Corbin.
At Penn, Woodruff coached Truxtun Hare, Carl Sheldon Williams, John H. Outland, his brother Wylie G. Woodruff, and Charles Gelbert. In his ten years of coaching at Penn, Woodruff compiled a 124–15–2 record while his teams scored 1777 points and only gave up 88. He also coached one year each at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and Carlisle Indian Industrial School.
After coaching, Woodruff practiced law and was active in politics as a Republican. His political posts included Finance Clerk in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Attorney General, federal judge for the territory of Hawaii, chief law officer of the US Forest Service under friend and fellow Yale alumni Gifford Pinchot, Acting Secretary of the Interior under President Theodore Roosevelt.
Head coaching record
|Penn Quakers (Independent) (1892–1901)|
|Illinois Fighting Illini (Western Conference) (1903)|
|Carlisle Indians (Independent) (1905)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
Note: Before 1936, national champions were determined by historical research and retroactive ratings and polls.
1894 Poll Results = Penn: Parke H. Davis, Princeton: Houlgate, Yale: Billingsley, Helms, National Championship Foundation, Parke H. Davis
1895 Poll Results = Penn: Billingsley, Helms, Houlgate, National Championship Foundation, Parke H. Davis, Yale: Parke H. Davis
1897 Poll Results = Penn: Billingsley, Helms, Houlgate, National Championship Foundation, Parke H. Davis, Yale: Parke H. Davis
George Woodruff's last game as a coach was the 1905 Carlisle-Army game after which he went to Washington for a government job. Ralph Kinney completed Carlisle's season, going 3–2 over the five games played after Woodruff's departure.
- Who's Who In America, 1908
- "Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Year 1933-1934" (PDF). Yale University. 15 October 1934. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
- "Penn Biographies: George W. Woodruff (1864 -1934)". University of Pennsylvania University Archives and Records Center. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
- George Washington Woodruff at the College Football Hall of Fame
- George Washington Woodruff at the College Football Data Warehouse
|Attorney General of Pennsylvania
|University of Pennsylvania Head Rowing Coach