Harris T. Collier

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Harris T. Collier
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Collier as Virginia team captain in 1898
Sport(s) Football and baseball
Biographical details
Born (1876-05-28)May 28, 1876[1]
McKenzie, Tennessee
Died May 4, 1935(1935-05-04) (aged 58)
McKenzie, Tennessee
Playing career
1895 North Carolina
1896–1898 Virginia
Position(s) Tackle
Pitcher/right fielder
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1899 Tulane
1900 Georgia Tech
Head coaching record
Overall 0–10–1

Harris Taylor "Pop" Collier (May 28, 1876 – May 4, 1935) was an American college football coach. He served as the head coach for Tulane (1899) and Georgia Tech (1900). Collier attended the University of Virginia, where he played on the football team and served as the team captain in 1898.


A native of McKenzie, Tennessee,[2] Collier attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He played on the football team in 1895 as a guard.[3][4] He also played on the baseball team as a right fielder and pitcher.[5] Collier then attended the University of Virginia,[6] where he studied medicine. He played on the baseball team,[7] and from 1896 to 1898, on the football team.[8] According to a fraternity newsletter, he was considered "one of the best tackles Virginia has ever had."[9] Collier held the position of football team captain in 1898.[10] The yearbook, Corks and Curls ranked him as the best "all-around athlete".[11] At Virginia, he was the vice president of the Tennessee Club.[12]

Collier then attended the Tulane University School of Medicine from which he graduated in 1900.[13] He was a member of Sigma Nu and Theta Nu Epsilon.[13] While a medical student,[13] Collier also coached the Tulane football team.[14] The Olive and Blue scored no points and finished the season with a 0–6–1 record.[15] Following his time at Tulane, Collier coached at Georgia Tech for the 1900 season, finishing 0-4-0.[16]

He died at the age of 58 at his home on May 4, 1935, of a cerebral hemorrhage.[2][17]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Tulane Green Wave (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1899)
1899 Tulane 0–6–1 0–5 T–15th
Tulane: 0–6–1 0–5
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1900)
1900 Georgia Tech 0–4 0–4 T–13th
Georgia Tech: 0–4 0–4
Total: 0–10–1


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Queries and Minor Notes (PDF), The Journal of the American Medical Association, Volume 104, Number 24, p. 2202, American Medical Association, June 15, 1935.
  3. ^ 2009 North Carolina Football Media Guide, All-Time Lettermen (PDF), p. 149, University of North Carolina, 2009.
  4. ^ The Hellenian, p. 150, University of North Carolina, 1896.
  5. ^ The Hellenian, p. 102, University of North Carolina, 1895.
  6. ^ The Alumni Bulletin, Volume V, p. 96, University of Virginia, 1898.
  7. ^ Corks and Curls, Volume 11, p. 65, University of Virginia, 1899.
  8. ^ 2009 Virginia Football Media Guide, All-Time Lettermen (PDF), p. 165, University of Virginia, 2009.
  9. ^ The Delta of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Volume 16, p. 208, Sigma Nu, 1898.
  10. ^ All-Time Results, University of Virginia, retrieved December 12, 2010.
  11. ^ The Alumni Bulletin, Volume V, p. 50, University of Virginia, 1898.
  12. ^ Corks and Curls, Volume 11, p. 161, University of Virginia, 1899.
  13. ^ a b c Jambalaya, p. 79, Tulane University, 1900.
  14. ^ Jambalaya, p. 143, Tulane University, 1900.
  15. ^ 1899, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved December 12, 2010.
  16. ^ "Football Practice Begins". The Atlanta Constitution. September 19, 1900. p. 6. 
  17. ^ "DR. HARRIS COLLIER DIES IN TENNESSEE", Daily Democrat-Times, Saturday, May 04, 1935, Greenville, Mississippi, United States Of America