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
Football
1924–1925 Pittsburg State
Basketball
1923–1925 Pittsburg State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1930–1935 McPherson
1944–1945 Wichita
Basketball
1936–1939 Oklahoma City
1942–1948 Wichita
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]

McPherson[edit]

Binford was the head football coach at McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas, serving for six seasons, from 1930 until 1935, and compiling a record of 23–26–4.[2]

Wichita State[edit]

Binford was the 17th head football coach at the Municipal University of Wichita—now known as Wichita State University, serving for two seasons, from 1944 to 1945, and compiling a record of 11–6–1.[3] Binford "re-started" the program after a one-year hiatus (1943) when the school did not field a team.[4]

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 60–50.

Head coaching record[edit]

Football[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
McPherson Bulldogs (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1930–1935)
1930 McPherson 1–7 0–4 5th
1931 McPherson 2–6–1 1–2–1
1932 McPherson 3–6 0–4
1933 McPherson 7–2 3–1
1934 McPherson 6–2–1 3–1–1
1935 McPherson 4–3–2 2–1–2
McPherson: 23–26–4 9–13–4
Wichita Shockers (Independent) (1944)
1944 Wichita 5–2–1
Wichita Shockers (Missouri Valley Conference) (1945)
1945 Wichita 6–4 1–1 3rd
Wichita: 11–6–1 1–1
Total: 34–32–5

References[edit]

  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 November 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Archived September 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Wichita State University coaching results
  4. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Wichita State University historical data