July 23, 1876|
|Died||August 28, 1956
Carmel, California, United States
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley (1898)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
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 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
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.
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. He married Mattie E. Leonard on September 21, 1901. He became a United States citizen in 1917.
Head coaching record
|Nevada State Sagebrushers (Independent) (1900)|
|California Golden Bears (Independent) (1904)|
- S. T. Joshi (20 February 2013). Great Tales of Terror. Courier Corporation. pp. 287–. ISBN 978-0-486-14876-2.
- "Coach Hopper To Resume Literary Work". Oakland Tribune. November 12, 1904. p. 11. Retrieved August 21, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.