James Hopper

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James Hopper
James Hopper Oakland Tribune Sat Nov 12 1904 .jpg
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1876-07-23)July 23, 1876
Paris, France
Died August 28, 1956(1956-08-28) (aged 80)
Carmel, California, United States
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley (1898)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1900 Nevada
1904 California
Head coaching record
Overall 10–3–2

James Marie Hopper (July 23, 1876 – August 28, 1956) was French-born American writer and novelist. He was also an early college football player and coach, playing for the University of California[1] and then serving single seasons as head football coach at Nevada State University—now known as the University of Nevada, Reno—and at the University of California.

Record at Nevada[edit]

With Hopper leading the Sagebrushers through the season of 1900, Nevada State posted a third consecutive winning season, the last consecutive streak until Ray Courtright's posted four consecutive, from 1919 to 1922. Nevada State went 4–2–1 under his tutleage, including their first ever win over a major "first team."

Prior to this season, the Sagebrusher's primary opponents were small preparatory schools and the second teams of larger California universities. Those few times the 'Brushers faced a major, first team normally lead to crushing defeat. Hopper changed the tide forever by beating the Stanford "First Eleven", 6–0.

Later work[edit]

After coaching at California in 1904, Hopper went briefly to the Philippines for his career as an author for McClure's magazine.[2] He was also a friend of novelist Jack London.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Hopper was born in Paris, France to John Joseph Hopper, a native of Ireland, and his wife, Victoire Blanche Lefebvre. He attended schooling in Paris and later immigrated to the United States with his mother to California, where he completed his preliminary education.[4] He married Mattie E. Leonard on September 21, 1901.[5] He became a United States citizen in 1917. He is also a survivor of the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

After his graduation from the University of California in 1898 James Hopper completed law school at the Hastings Law School. He passed the state bar examination but never practiced law. Instead worked as a reporter on the San Francisco Chronicle, was on the staff of The Wave, a literary weekly and taught school for two years in the Philippines. About 1907 he and his wife moved to Carmel-by-the Sea where his good friend, George Sterling, had established "Bohemia-by-the Sea". There he rented a house by the beach where he published stories that he hoped to sell to magazines. In Carmel he frequently associated with good friends authors, Mary Austin, Sinclar Lewis and photographer, Arnold Genthe who were members of the Bohemia Club. When he left Carmel he returned to Oakland to write stories of his Philippine adventures for Sunset and other magazines. <ref> book: "Carmel by-the-Sea" author Syndney Temple.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Nevada State Sagebrushers (Independent) (1900)
1900 Nevada State 4–2–1
Nevada State: 4–2–1
California Golden Bears (Independent) (1904)
1904 California 6–1–1
California: 6–1–1
Total: 10–3–2


  1. ^ S. T. Joshi (20 February 2013). Great Tales of Terror. Courier Corporation. pp. 287–. ISBN 978-0-486-14876-2. 
  2. ^ "Coach Hopper To Resume Literary Work". Oakland Tribune. November 12, 1904. p. 11. Retrieved August 21, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ http://californiamag.typepad.com/california_magazine_blog/2010/08/berkeley-in-books-jimmy-hopper-.html
  4. ^ [https://books.google.com/books? id=6LAYAAAAIAAJ&q=%22Hopper,+James+Marie%22+paris&dq=%22Hopper,+James+Marie%22+paris&hl=en&sa=X&ei=W372U5aaFIqwogTUloKgCg&ved=0CCIQ6AEwAQ]
  5. ^ http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19010922.2.149

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