Ken Cooper (American football coach)

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Ken Cooper
Biographical details
Born(1936-10-12)October 12, 1936
Enigma, Georgia
DiedMay 30, 2017(2017-05-30) (aged 80)
Skidaway Island, Georgia
Alma materGeorgia
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1963–1970Georgia (assistant)
1971–1973Ole Miss (assistant)
1974–1977Ole Miss
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
SEC Coach of the Year (1975)

Elmer C. "Ken" Cooper Jr.[1] (October 12, 1936 – May 30, 2017) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Mississippi from 1974 to 1977, compiling a record of 21–23. Cooper was named the SEC Coach of the Year in 1975.

Cooper later served as a head tennis coach and assistant football coach at Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Georgia. He died on May 30, 2017 at his home in Skidaway Island, Georgia.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Ole Miss Rebels (Southeastern Conference) (1974–1977)
1974 Ole Miss 3–8 0–6 10th
1975 Ole Miss 6–5 5–1 T–2nd
1976 Ole Miss 6–5 4–3 6th
1977 Ole Miss 6–5 3–4 6th
Ole Miss: 21–23 12–14
Total: 21–23

Coaching tree[edit]

Assistant coaches under Ken Cooper who became NCAA head coaches:


  1. ^ Obituary
  2. ^ "Ken Cooper, Benedictine assistant and former Mississippi football coach, dies at the age of 80". Retrieved May 31, 2017.