Paul Downing

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Paul Downing
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1873-11-27)November 27, 1873
Newark, Missouri
Died December 11, 1944(1944-12-11) (aged 71)
San Francisco, California
Playing career
1891–1894 Stanford
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1895 Oregon Agricultural
Head coaching record
Overall 0–2–1

Paul Milton Downing (November 27, 1873 – December 11, 1944) was an American college football player and coach. He played at Stanford University and was the head coach at Oregon State University (then known as "State Agricultural College").[1] While at Stanford, he was friends with classmate and future United States President Herbert Hoover.[2]

After his football days, Downing went on to become a top executive at Pacific Gas & Electric.[3] He was actively involved in creation of hydroelectric power facilities.[4] He died at the age of 71 on December 11, 1944 in San Francisco, California.[5]



Downing played four years for the Stanford Cardinal football team, never missing a minute of play in all four years.[2] Downing played in the first Big Game matchup between Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley.[6]

Oregon State Agriculture College[edit]

In 1895, Paul Downing became the third head coach of Oregon State and held the post for the program's third season.[7] He served as the head coach for the 1895 season[8] and his team produced a record of 0 wins, 2 losses, and 1 tie.[9]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Oregon Agricultural Aggies (Independent) (1895)
1895 Oregon Agricultural 0–2–1
Oregon Agricultural: 0–2–1
Total: 0–2–1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Edmonston, George. "Up Close and Personal: Riley's return a repeat of the past". Oregon State University Alumni Association. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Hoover to talk over old football days". Prescott Evening Courier. November 12, 1931. p. 5. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ "THE PRESIDENCY: The Hoover Week: Nov. 16, 1931". Time. November 16, 1931. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ Estcourt, Doris (November 1920). Stanford Vision in the Electrical Power Industry. The Stanford illustrated review. 22 (2 ed.). Stanford University Alumni Association. pp. 58–59. 
  5. ^ "Paul Downing, 71, Utility Executive; Official of the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. Since 1920 Dies—Classmate of Hoover". The New York Times. December 12, 1944. Retrieved March 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ Migdol, Gary (1997). Stanford: Home of Champions. Champaign, Illinois: Sagamore Publishing. pp. 8, 12. ISBN 1-57167-116-1. 
  7. ^ Shafer, Ian. "Oregon State University - 1895". College Football Reference. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ Carlson, Kip (2006). Oregon State Football. p. 9. ISBN 0-7385-3137-5. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  9. ^ DeLassus, David. "Coaching Records Game-by-Game (Coach: Paul Downing)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 

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