Robert Winston (coach)

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Robert Winston
Robert Winston - Ga.jpg
Winston cropped from the 1894 Georgia football team photo
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1847-08-05)August 5, 1847
Fulham, Middlesex, England[1]
Died after 1913
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1890 Syracuse
1894 Georgia
Head coaching record
Overall 13–4

Robert Winston (August 5, 1847 – after 1913) was an American football coach. He served as the head football coach at Syracuse University in 1890 and at the University of Georgia in 1894, compiling a career record of 13–4. He was the first coach of the Georgia Bulldogs football team to receive a salary. Winston was British and had previously coached the Blackheath Harriers rugby team in England. He was also a "bantam boxer" and trainer for an athletic club in London, before coming to the United States in 1883.[2] After moving to the United States, Winston also helped train other American football teams at Yale University (1883–1888), Amherst College (1889),[3] and the University of Rochester (1890), Williams College, Princeton University and other New England based teams.[4] Winston also worked at the Berkeley Athletic club in New York.[5] After Yale, Winston also oversaw the building of a gymnasium in Townsend, Washington in 1887.[6]

During his single season at Georgia in 1894, Wintson's team compiled a record of 5–1 including a win against the Auburn Tigers.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Syracuse Orangemen (Independent) (1890)
1890 Syracuse 8–3
Syracuse: 8–3
Georgia Bulldogs (Independent) (1894)
1894 Georgia 5–1
Georgia: 5–1
Total: 13–4


  1. ^ "Page 3, Syracuse Evening Herald, September 15, 1893". 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  2. ^ The Pioneer Days - Google Books. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  3. ^ "Tower, Glance at Amherst Athletics (1935) | Amherst College". Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  4. ^ "Atlanta News, Sports, Atlanta Weather, Business News |". Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  5. ^ "OTTAWA DEFEATS QUEENS, 6 TO 1 - Canadian College Teams Display Fast Play for Fellowes Silver Trophy. - View Article -". New York Times. 1913-12-31. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  6. ^ [1]

Additional sources[edit]

  • John F. Stegeman, The Ghosts of Herty Field: Early Days on a Southern Gridiron, pp. 22–23, University of Georgia Press, Athens, Georgia, 1966, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 66-27606