James F. Lanagan
Lanagan, circa 1906
|Died||August 7, 1937 (aged 58)|
|Alma mater||Stanford University|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Highest win percentage of a multi-season football coach in Stanford history (.862)|
In 1903, despite never having played football, Lanagan was selected as Stanford's head football coach, and coached the team for three years, compiling an overall record of 23–2–4.
Following the 1905 season, Stanford, responding like other American universities to concerns about the violence in football, dropped football in favor of rugby from 1906 to 1917. Despite having no knowledge of the sport, Lanagan was retained as the rugby coach, spending time in Vancouver, British Columbia and Australia to study the sport. In his first season, the team ended with a 6–2–1 season. Lanagan remained as rugby coach for two more seasons. He also served as Stanford's baseball coach from 1906 to 1907.
Head coaching record
|Stanford (Independent) (1903–1905)|
- Migdol, Gary (1997). Stanford: Home of Champions. Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing LLC. pp. 33, 36. ISBN 1-57167-116-1. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
- "Guide to the James F. Lanagan Papers". Online Archive of California – California Digital Library. Archived from the original on February 17, 2016.
- "Many changes in rugby game". The Evening News (San Jose). September 14, 1906. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
- Elliott, Orrin Leslie (1937). Stanford University - The First Twenty Five Years 1891-1925. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. pp. 231–233. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
- "Friends Join in Last Tribute to James F. Lanagan". Sausalito News. August 13, 1937. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
- "James F. Lanagan". New York Times. August 8, 1937. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
- "Former Coach Succumbs". The Stanford Daily. August 10, 1937. Retrieved February 17, 2016.