Chester Lamar Hoover was the 13th head college football coach for Fairmount College (now Wichita State University) located in Wichita, Kansas and he held that position for four seasons, from 1916 until 1917 and again from 1921 until 1922. His overall coaching record at Fairmount College was 18 wins, 14 losses, and 4 ties. This ranks him fourth at Wichita State in terms of total wins and 13th at Wichita State in terms of winning percentage. Prior to coaching at Fairmount, Hoover attended Baker University, where he was regarded as one of their top athletes. In the 1906–07 basketball season, Hoover, described as "one of the outstanding guards of the midlands", lead the Baker team to an undefeated season, under coach Phog Allen.
Hoover's final season at Fairmont began promisingly but ended with disappointing losses.