Melvin J. Binford

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Melvin J. Binford
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born (1903-02-08)February 8, 1903
Died September 12, 1984(1984-09-12) (aged 81)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Playing career
1924–1925 Pittsburg State
1923–1925 Pittsburg State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1930–1935 McPherson
1944–1945 Wichita State
1936–1939 Oklahoma City
1942–1948 Wichita State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1937–1939 Oklahoma City
Head coaching record
Overall 34–32–5 (football)
111–90 (basketball)

Melvin J. "Mel" Binford (February 8, 1903 – September 12, 1984)[1] was an American football and basketball coach and college athletics administrator.

Coaching career[edit]


Binford was the head football coach for the McPherson Bulldogs located in McPherson, Kansas. He held that position for 6 seasons, from 1930 until 1935. His coaching record at McPherson was 23 wins, 26 losses and 4 ties. As of the conclusion of the 2010 season, this ranks him #3 at McPherson in total wins and #11 at the school in winning percentage (.472).[2]

Wichita State[edit]

Binford[3] was the 17th head football coach for the Municipal University of Wichita (now Wichita State) Shockers located in Wichita, Kansas and he held that position for two seasons, from 1944 until 1945. His overall coaching record at Wichita State was 11 wins, 6 losses, and 1 tie. This ranks him 15th at Wichita State in terms of total wins and seventh at Wichita State in terms of winning percentage.[4]

Binford "re-started" the program after a one-year hiatus (1943) when the school did not field a team.[5]

Binford was more successful as Wichita's fourteenth head basketball coach. He assumed the head coaching job for the 1942–43 season, then restarted the program after it was suspended for the 1943–44 season during World War II. He coached the Shockers' basketball team for a total of five seasons, building a record of 60 wins and 50 losses. Both his number of wins and his winning percentage of .536 stand ninth among Wichita's twenty-five coaches.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank#
McPherson (NAIA) (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1930–1935)
1930 McPherson 1–7–0 0–4–0 5th
1931 McPherson 2–6–1 1–2–1
1932 McPherson 3–6–0 0–4–0
1933 McPherson 7–2–0 3–1–0
1934 McPherson 6–2–1 3–1–1
1935 McPherson 4–3–2 2–1–2
McPherson: 23–26–4 9–13–4
Wichita State (NCAA) (Independent) (1944–1945)
1944 Wichita State 5–2–1
1945 Wichita State 6–4–0
Wichita State: 11–6–1
Total: 34–32–5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


  1. ^ "PSU Alumni Obituaries, A-E". Leonard H. Axe Library, Pittsburg State University. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "McPherson College Football Media Guide 2010" (PDF). McPherson College Athletics. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Binford, Melvin.". El Dorado Times. September 13, 1984. 
  4. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Wichita State University coaching results
  5. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Wichita State University historical data
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