Hugh Davidson (American football)

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Hugh Davidson
Biographical details
Bornc. 1928
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1952–1953Osborne HS (KS)
1954–1957Colorado (freshmen)
1958–1963Montana (assistant)
1970–1971Idaho State (assistant)
1952–1954Osborne HS (KS)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1972–?Denver Broncos (scout)
Head coaching record
Overall8–20 (college football)
16–1–1 (high school football)

Hugh Davidson (born c. 1928) is a former American football coach and scout. He served as the head football coach at the University of Montana from 1964 to 1966, compiling a record of 8–20.


A native of Grant, Nebraska, Davidson attended the University of Colorado Boulder, where he played college football for the Colorado Buffaloes as a fullback before graduating in 1962. He began his coaching career at Osborne High School in Osborne, Kansas, where he was head football and head basketball coach. His football teams at Osborne were 16–1–1 in two seasons. Davidson returned to his alma mater, Colorado, in 1954 as freshmen football coach.[1] In 1958, he moved to the University of Montana to served as an assistant under head football coach Ray Jenkins, a fellow Colorado alumnus who had coached with Davidson as an assistant with the Buffaloes under Dallas Ward.[2] When Jenkins was fired following the 1963 season, Davidson succeeded him as head coach for the Montana Grizzlies. Davidson resigned in 1966 after compiling a record of 8–20 in three seasons. He returned to coaching in 1970 as an assistant at Idaho State University, working under Ed Cavanaugh.[3] In 1972, Davidson was hired as a scout for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

College football[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Montana Grizzlies (Big Sky Conference) (1964–1966)
1964 Montana 3–6 1–2 3rd
1965 Montana 4–6 2–2 3rd
1964 Montana 1–8 0–4 5th
Montana: 8–20 3–8
Total: 8–20


  1. ^ "Ex-Orborne Grid Coach to Colorado U". The Salina Journal. Salina, Kansas. August 1, 1954. p. 17. Retrieved November 2, 2018 – via open access.
  2. ^ "Davidson Comes; Niemi, Zimny Reisng MSU jobs". Missoulian. Missoula, Montana. April 12, 1958. p. 8. Retrieved November 2, 2018 – via open access.
  3. ^ "Ex-Montana Grid Coach Hired for Bengal Staff". Idaho State Journal. Pocatello, Idaho. February 8, 1970. p. 10. Retrieved November 2, 2018 – via open access.
  4. ^ "Hugh Davidson Joins Broncos". Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. Colorado Springs, Colorado. Associated Press. February 27, 1972. p. 2-E. Retrieved November 2, 2018 – via open access.