Harry W. Hughes

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Harry W. Hughes
Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball, track
Biographical details
Born (1887-10-09)October 9, 1887
DeKalb County, Missouri
Died July 26, 1953(1953-07-26) (aged 65)
Playing career
1904–1907 Oklahoma
Position(s) Halfback, quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1910 Oklahoma (assistant)
1911–1941 Colorado State
1911–1925 Colorado State
Head coaching record
Overall 126–92–18 (football)
60-79 (basketball)
Accomplishments and honors
8 RMAC (1915–1916, 1919–1920, 1925, 1927, 1933–1934)
Helms Football Hall of Fame (1952), Colorado Sports Hall of Fame (1972), Colorado State University Sports Hall of Fame (1988)

Harry Walker Hughes (October 9, 1887 – July 26, 1953) was an American football player, coach of football, basketball, baseball, and track, and college athletics administrator. From 1911 to 1941, he served as the head football coach and athletic director at the Agricultural College of Colorado, renamed Colorado College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts in 1935 and now known as Colorado State University, compiling a record of 126–92–18.

Early life and playing career[edit]

Hughes was born in Missouri to Roland and Lena Walker Hughes and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. He played football for the University of Oklahoma from 1904 to 1907, and was coached by Bennie Owen in 1905, 1906 and 1907.

Coaching career[edit]

Hughes coached the Norman High School football team in 1907 and returned to the University of Oklahoma as assistant coach under Owen in 1910. He accepted the position of athletic director and head football coach at Colorado Agricultural College in 1911 and turned a winless team in 1911 into conference champions and an undefeated record in 1915. Hughes also helped build Colorado Field, the first sodded football field in Colorado history, replacing Durkee Field (1899–1911). Colorado Field was the home of the Colorado Aggies and Colorado State Rams from 1912 to 1967.

Harry Hughes won eight conference championships in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 1915, 1916, 1919, 1920, 1925, 1927, 1933, and 1934. He was a member of the NCAA National Rules Committee beginning in 1926 until his retirement in 1953. Hughes coached the Aggies from 1911 to 1941 in football and remained as the Athletic Director until his retirement in 1953. He also coached baseball (1912–1916), basketball (1912–1925) and track (1911–1953) at Colorado Aggies during his tenure as athletic director. In the early 1930s Hughes was given the nickname "Dean of American Football Coaches" by sportswriters and fellow coaches for his many seasons at one school. He was famously known as one of the most fair and sportsmanlike football coaches in America. He coached football from 1911 to 1941 and after resigning as football coach remained as the school's Athletic Director until 1953. Upon his retirement he was inducted into the Helms Football Hall of Fame on Harry Hughes Day, November 8, 1952.

Known as a tough but fair coach, Hughes was a strict disciplinarian who developed a play in 1914 known as the Million Dollar Play. This triple pass was an end around play based on the single wing formation and helped Hughes lead his teams to national fame. Some of Hughes' greatest players were Ralph "Sag" Robinson (All-American Honorable Mention 1916), Kenneth Hyde (1925 All-American 3rd team) and Glenn Morris (1936 US Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal winner). Hughes broke the color barrier in modern Colorado football in 1939 when he played John Mosley between 1939 and 1942.

Hughes retired from Colorado A & M College on July 1, 1953 after 42 years as Aggies coach and athletic director but died 25 days later from a massive heart attack. When Colorado State University built their new football stadium in 1968, it was named Hughes Stadium in his honor and today it is known as Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium. Located in Fort Collins, Colorado beneath the massive A moniker on the mountain, Hughes Stadium also has a Harry Hughes Memorial Room dedicated in his memory for alumni to visit before games.

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
1911 Colorado State 0-6
1912 Colorado State 4-2 T-3rd
1913 Colorado State 3-2 3rd
1914 Colorado State 3-4 4th
1915 Colorado State 7-0 1st
1916 Colorado State 6-0-1 1st
1917 Colorado State 0-7-1 8th
1918 Colorado State 0-2 3rd
1919 Colorado State 7-1 1st
1920 Colorado State 6-1-1 1st
1921 Colorado State 2-3-1 T-4th
1922 Colorado State 5-2-1 2nd
1923 Colorado State 5-2-1 T-2nd
1924 Colorado State 4-2 T-2nd
1925 Colorado State 9-1 1st
1926 Colorado State 6-2-1 T-4th
1927 Colorado State 7-1 1st
1928 Colorado State 6-2 3rd
1929 Colorado State 5-4 8th
1930 Colorado State 3-5-1 T-5th
1931 Colorado State 5-4 T-2nd
1932 Colorado State 4-3-1 5th
1933 Colorado State 5-1-1 T-1st
1934 Colorado State 6-2-1 T-1st
1935 Colorado State 3-4-1 9th
1936 Colorado State 4-4-1 7th
1937 Colorado State 1-7 11th
1938 Colorado State 1-5-2 7th
1939 Colorado State 2-7 6th
1940 Colorado State 3-4-2 6th
1941 Colorado State 4-2-1 T-4th
Total: 126-92-18
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.

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