Harry Hazlett

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Harry Hazlett
Date of birth (1884-04-17)April 17, 1884
Place of birth Deersville, Ohio, United States
Date of death September 27, 1960(1960-09-27)
Place of death California, United States
Career information
Position(s) Head Coach
Career history
As coach
1913–1915 Canton Bulldogs
1909–1915 Canton-McKinley Football
1906–1916 Canton-McKinley Basketball
Career highlights and awards
  • Professional coaching record: 17-4-2
  • High School football coaching record: 37-26-1
  • High school basketball coaching record: 89–49
Military career
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch United States Army seal U.S. Army
Years of service 1916–1947
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Unit 86th Infantry Division

Harry Fouts Hazlett (April 17, 1884 – September 27, 1960) was a career officer in the U.S. Army. Prior to that he was an American football coach for the Canton Professionals-Bulldogs of the "Ohio League", which was the direct predecessor to the modern National Football League, as well as the head football and basketball coach at Canton McKinley High School. He was fired as the head coach of the Canton Bulldogs, by manager Jack Cusack, after he benched Canton rookie Jim Thorpe for the first game of the 1915 league title game. The first game in the two-game series resulted in a 16–0 victory over the Bulldogs by their rivals, the Massillon Tigers. It is unknown why Hazlett benched Thorpe. Some historians[who?] feel it was due to Thorpe not having time to practice with the team, while others feel that he was resentful of Thorpe's high salary. After Hazlett was fired, the Bulldogs' quarterback, Don Hamilton, left the team in protest. Thorpe was later named the team's new head coach and led the Bulldogs to the 1915 championship, which was split between Canton and Massillon.


Hazlett joined the Ohio National Guard as a captain in 1916 and participated in the Mexican Expedition. During World War I, he served as a machine gun officer and was cited for bravery. After the war, he taught at the University of Akron and the University of Dayton as a Professor of Military Science and Tactics. Before World War II, Hazlett attended the Army War College and published a paper, Procurement and Processing during the Voluntary Enlistment Period of Initial Mobilization, in 1933. Then Lt. Colonel Hazlett served as an instructor at the Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth from 1935 to 1936.

During 1945, Hazlett served as Commanding General of the Replacement and School Command. In June 1946, he succeeded Major General Paul J. Mueller as commander of the 86th Infantry Division. He commanded the division until it was deactivated in December 1946 on Leyte, Philippines. After commanding the 86th, he was the Post Commander at Yokohama, Japan until 1947.

In retirement Hazlett lived in California. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


  • The Field Artillery Journal issue 8, August 1945, pg. 501
  • Cusack, Jack (1987). "Pioneer in Pro Football" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. PFRA Annual (8): 1–18. 
  • PFRA Research. "Thorpe Arrives" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association: 1–5. 
  • PFRA Research. "Let's Play Two!" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association: 1–4. 

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