Grover Washabaugh

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Grover Washabaugh
Grover Washabaugh.jpg
Washabaugh, South Hills H.S. coach, 1937
Sport(s) Football and basketball
Biographical details
Born c. 1893
Died March 16, 1973 (aged 80)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Woodlawn High School
1924–1927 South Hills High School
1928–1937 South High School
1937–1942 Westminster College (football)
1937–1956 Westminster College (basketball)
Head coaching record
Overall 16–26–6 (football)
296–129 (basketball)
Accomplishments and honors
1933 Pennsylvania State High School Basketball Championship[1]

Grover Cleveland "Pappy" Washabaugh (c. 1893 – March 16, 1973) was an American football and basketball coach. He served as the head football coach at Westminster College from 1937 to 1942, during which time he compiled a 16–26–6 record, and the head basketball coach from 1937 to 1956, during which time he compiled a 296–129 record.[2]

Washabaugh's first coaching experience came at Woodlawn High School in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, where he mentored the basketball team and taught physical education.[3] He then coached at South Hills High School for four years before moving on to South Side High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[4] From 1927 to 1936, he served as South High's head football and basketball coach.[5] In 1937, he took over as the head basketball and football coach at Westminster College.[4] Washabaugh also served as the school's athletic director.[6] In August 1943, Westminster College discontinued its football team.[6] It was later revived after World War II for the 1946 season.[2] Washabaugh continued to serve as the basketball coach until 1956 and posted a 296–129 record.[7]

In January 1959, he returned home to Pittsburgh after suffering a mild stroke.[8] Washabaugh retired in 1961.[3] He was inducted into the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.[3] Washabaugh died on March 16, 1973 at Jameson Memorial Hospital in New Castle, Pennsylvania at the age of 80.[9] He was survived by his wife Grace, with whom he had a son and two daughters.[3]


  1. ^ 'Basketball Next!' Say School Athletes, The Pittsburgh Press, December 3, 1932.
  2. ^ a b Football Media Guide (PDF), p. 42, Westminster College, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d Rites Monday for Coach Washabaugh; Westminster AD Led Court Teams to 296–129 Record, The Pittsburgh Press, March 17, 1973.
  4. ^ a b New Titan Coach Inherits Strong Basketball Squad, The Daily Times, June 4, 1937.
  5. ^ Seek South's Coach, The Pittsburgh Press, May 4, 1934.
  6. ^ a b Titans Give Up Grid Sport, The Pittsburgh Press, August 10, 1943.
  7. ^ Towering Titans & Titan Tradition, Westminster College, retrieved June 18, 2010.
  8. ^ Washabaugh Home, The Pittsburgh Press, January 28, 1959.
  9. ^ GROVER C. WASHABAUGH, The New York Times, March 17, 1973.