List of Southwestern Moundbuilders head football coaches
The Southwestern College Moundbuilders program is a college football team that represents Southwestern College in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, a part of the NAIA. The team has had 28 head coaches since its first recorded football game in 1895. The current coach is Brad Griffin, who was announced on January 21, 2015 as the new head coach. Griffin replaces Ken Crandall who resigned at the conclusion of the 2014 season.
|No.||Order of coaches[A 2]||GC||Games coached||CW||Conference wins||PW||Postseason wins|
|DC||Division championships||OW||Overall wins||CL||Conference losses||PL||Postseason losses|
|CC||Conference championships||OL||Overall losses||CT||Conference ties||PT||Postseason ties|
|NC||National championships||OT||Overall ties[A 3]||C%||Conference winning percentage|
|Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame||O%||Overall winning percentage[A 4]|
|1||John Jacob "J. J." Thiel||1903–1904||13||9||3||1||.731||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|3||Jay Mack Love||1906–1907||17||8||7||2||.529||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|5||Fred H. Clapp||1909–1913||42||24||12||6||.643||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|6||Willis S. "Billy" Bates||1914–1925||102||52||41||9||.554||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|7||William "Bill" Monypenny||1926–1936||95||33||53||9||.395||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|9||Richard C. "Dick" Nolan||1940–1941||20||10||8||2||.550||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|11||Arthur D. "Art" Kahler||1946–1947||19||14||4||1||.763||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|13||Harold S. Hunt||1949–1951||27||6||18||3||.278||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|14||William M. "Bill" Carroll||1952–1953||18||2||15||1||.139||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|15||Robert "Bob" Hower||1954–1958||46||11||31||4||.283||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|18||Harold "Bud" Elliott||1964–1968||47||37||7||3||.819||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
- The following are details on coaches that do not have articles on Wikipedia. For coaches with articles on Wikipedia, see links in the table above.
John Jacob Thiel
Although Southwestern competed in football as far back ast 1895, Coach Thiel was the first official head college football coach for the Southwestern College Moundbuilders in Winfield, Kansas, and he held that position for two seasons, from 1903 until 1904. His coaching record at Southwestern was 9 wins, 5 losses, and 1 tie. As of the conclusion of the 2009 season, this ranks him 17th at Southwestern in total wins and fifth at the school in winning percentage (0.73077).
Frank Armin was the fourth coach for the Moundbuilders and held that position for the 1908 season. Armin was also the basketball coach at Southwestern for the 1908-1909 season. He was the first basketball coach on record for the school, and the team produced six wins and three losses.
The 12th head coach was Fred Dittman, who also served in World War II with General Patton’s Army and rose to the rank of captain. In 1946, Dittmann was assistant football coach to Art Kahler at Southwestern and then served as head football coach for the 1948 season while he pursued a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Kansas.
Hower also coached men's basketball at Southwestern and was the 13th person on record to hold that post. He coached for thirteen seasons, from 1955 until 1967 and then again for the 1970-1971 season. His record was 32 wins and 37 losses and the team secured two Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference championships in 1961 and again in 1963.
Hower served as the athletic director at Southwestern until his sudden death from complications from an automobile accident in 1972. His son Phil Hower would go on to coach the Moundbuilders from 1977 until the conclusion of the 1980 season.
Hower was the 21st football coach for program and he held that position 4 seasons, from 1977 to 1980. He was mentor to future Minnesota coach Jerry Kill and son of former Moundbulder athletic director and coach Robert Hower.
Hower's love and passion to play the game of football continued after he graduated and was coaching high school football. He remained active and an avid supporter of the program, playing in an alumni game and receiving a shoulder injury.
Hower continually worked in coaching, including working as the linebackers coach at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas under head coach Monty Lewis. Hower died in Winfield on April 19, 2014 at the age of 72.
Douglass was the twenty-sixth head coach at Southwestern, where his teams compiled a record of 20 wins and 29 losses. Before coaching at Southwestern, Douglas served as an assistant coach at Abilene Christian University, Jamestown College, and at Southwestern. At Southwestern, Douglass would coach against his mentor and former Southwestern head coach Monty Lewis. Douglas stepped down as head coach after the 2006 season and was replaced by Ken Crandall.
- Although the first Rose Bowl Game was played in 1902, it has been continuously played since the 1916 game, and is recognized as the oldest bowl game by the NCAA. "—" indicates any season prior to 1916 when postseason games were not played.
- A running total of the number of head coaches, with coaches who served separate tenures being counted only once. Interim head coaches are represented with "Int" and are not counted in the running total. "—" indicates the team played but either without a coach or no coach is on record. "X" indicates an interim year without play.
- Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.
- When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.
- "Brad Griffin to Lead Southwestern College Football Team". Southwestern Moundbuilders. January 21, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
- "Crandall Resigns as Head Football Coach at Southwestern College". Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. November 19, 2014. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2011). Bowl/All-Star Game Records (PDF). Indianapolis, Indiana: NCAA. pp. 5–10. Archived from the original on August 22, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
- Whiteside, Kelly (August 25, 2006). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. McLean, Virginia. Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
- Finder, Chuck (September 6, 1987). "Big plays help Paterno to 200th". The New York Times. New York City. Archived from the original on October 22, 2009. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
- College Football Data Warehouse Southwestern College Records
- Southwestern College Football Records
- The Journal-Times "John Thiel, Sr. Dies Suddenly" February 24, 1921
- Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Blog "EWGS Presidents: Leora Cookingham Thiel" November 4, 2009
- Hovpen Sports Southwestern College Basketball
- Southwestern College in Winfield, KS
- Kiowa News "Father-Son Banquet" April 12, 1961
- WINFIELD AND THE WALNUT VALLEY "THE ATHLETIC PICTURE" A HISTORY COMMISSIONED BY THE WINFIELD ARTS COUNCIL AND THE BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION, Gilliland's Publishing Arkansas City, Kansas 1975
- Hovpen Sports Southwestern College Basketball
- "Men's Basketball Coaches Records". Southwestern College. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
- El Dorado Times, "Obituaries" April 22, 1972
- Kiowa News "Injured in Alumni Game" September 19, 1968
- Crimson Chronicle Meet the coaches
- "Hower coached, taught hundreds of students". Southwestern College. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
- CJOnline.com | Handheld Version | Briefly in sports 05/29/02
- Arkansas City Taveler "Monty Lewis named football coach at Friends" By Rama Peroo, January 17, 2003
- Football coach resigns after five years - Collegian Front Page