George Woodward (American football)

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George Woodward
George J Woodward.jpg
Woodward pictured in Reveille 1923, Fort Hays yearbook
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born (1894-10-25)October 25, 1894
near Clinton, Kansas
Died December 27, 1968(1968-12-27) (aged 74)
near Chillicothe, Missouri
Playing career
c. 1917 Kansas[1]
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1920–1922 Fort Hays State
1923–1926 Washburn
1920–1923 Fort Hays State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1923–1927 Washburn
Head coaching record
Overall 17–33–1 (football)
14–33 (basketball)

George J. "Rook" Woodward (October 25, 1894 – December 27, 1968) was an American football player and coach of football and basketball.

Coaching career[edit]

Fort Hays State[edit]

Woodward was the fifth head college football coach for the Fort Hays State University Tigers located in Hays, Kansas and he held that position for three seasons, from 1920 until 1922. Football legend Walter Camp called the 1922 team "a well disciplined organization that fought as a unit."[1]


Woodward left Fort Hays to become the 18th head football coach for Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and he held that position for four seasons, from 1923 until 1926. His overall coaching record at Washburn was 7 wins, 23 losses, and 4 ties. This ranks him 21st at Washburn in terms of total wins and 32nd at Washburn in terms of winning percentage.[2]

Later life[edit]

In 1938, Woodward led an insurance organization in Cincinnati, Ohio.[3] He died in a car accident near Chillicothe, Missouri in 1968. He had been living in Columbus, Missouri at the time and was 74 years old.


  1. ^ a b The Official National Collegiate Athletic Association football guide "The official rules book and record book of college football" (edited by Walter Camp) Can Sports Publishing Company, 1922
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