Percy W. Griffiths
|Percy Wilfred “Red” Griffiths|
on 1920 Nittany Lions team
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 15th district
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1949
|Preceded by||Robert T. Secrest|
|Succeeded by||Robert T. Secrest|
March 30, 1893|
|Died||June 12, 1983
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1927–1928||Penn State (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
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After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War I, "Red" Griffiths attended Bloomsburg Normal School. He next attend Pennsylvania State College where he would become an All-American college football player in 1920 as a stalwart guard for Hugo Bezdek’s undefeated 1920 team. He also lettered in lacrosse for the Nittany Lions and earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry there in 1921. He played one professional season (1921) with the Canton Bulldogs of the National Football League.
He continued his education at Columbia University, graduating in 1930.
Griffiths was athletic director and coached football, basketball and baseball at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio from 1921 to 1927. He served as Marietta’s mayor from 1938 to 1939 and later represented Washington County, Ohio and Ohio's 15th congressional district in the 78th, 79th, and 80th U.S. Congresses (1943–1949).
He retired to Clearwater, Florida in 1952, where he lived until his death at the age of 90, in 1983.
Football playing career
Football coaching career
Griffiths coached football at Marietta College from 1921 until the end of the 1926 season, where he accumulated a record of 14 wins, 28 losses, and 7 ties. While at Marietta, he also coached men's basketball from 1922 until 1927.
Griffiths was the 21st head football coach for the Dickinson College Red Devils in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and he held that position for two seasons, from 1929 until 1930. His overall coaching record at Dickinson was 2 wins, 13 losses, and 3 ties. This ranks him 28th at Dickinson in terms of total wins and 29th at Dickinson in terms of winning percentage.
- Dickinson Magazine "The Boys of ’31: Surviving Red Devils recall how they tamed the Nittany Lions" by David Smith, October 1, 2004
- Newspaper Archive "New Castle News" November 18, 1921
- Marietta College Football Media Guide
- West Virginia University Basketball results
- Marietta College Basketball Media Guide
- Centennial Conference "2008 Centennial Conference Football Prospectus"
- “The History of Football at Dickinson College, 1885-1969.” Gobrecht, Wilbur J., Chambersburg, PA: Kerr Printing Co., 1971.
- United States Congress. "Percy W. Griffiths (id: G000472)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-01-25
|United States House of Representatives|
Robert T. Secrest
|United States Representative (District 15) from Ohio
Robert T. Secrest