Sam Boyle

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Sam Boyle
Samuel A Boyle Jr.jpg
Boyle in 1895
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1876-11-28)November 28, 1876
Memphis, Tennessee
Died October 30, 1923(1923-10-30) (aged 46)
Rydal, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1894–1897 Penn
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1898–1899 VMI
1899 Penn State
1900 Dickinson
1901–1902 Ohio Wesleyan
Head coaching record
Overall 29–17–1
Accomplishments and honors
All-American, 1897

Samuel Alexander Boyle Jr. (November 28, 1876 – October 30, 1923)[1][2] was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the Virginia Military Institute (1898–1899), Pennsylvania State University (1899), Dickinson College (1900), and Ohio Wesleyan University (1901–1902), compiling a career college football record of 29–17–1.

Playing career[edit]

Boyle played end for the University of Pennsylvania[3] and was declared a first-team All-American in 1897.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Penn State[edit]

Boyle was the head coach at Pennsylvania State University in 1899.[5] His record at Penn State was 4–6–1.[6] His squad was outscored 104 to 176 that season.[7]


After one year at Penn State, Boyle became the second head football coach (or at least, the second coach on record) for the Dickinson College Red Devils in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and he held that position for the 1900 season.[8] His overall coaching record at Dickinson was 5 wins, 4 losses, and 0 ties.[9] This ranks him 20th at Dickinson in terms of total wins and eighth at Dickinson in terms of winning percentage.[10]

In his one year as head coach, Boyle oversaw the largest defeat in college football history when Dickinson College defeated Haverford Grammar School 227 to 0 (it was common for college teams to play other organized teams outside of the collegiate ranks at the time).[11]

Other athletic work[edit]

Boyle continued to work around sports as an athletic official[12] and umpire.[13] He also worked as a player/coach for the Pittsburgh Athletic Club.[14]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
VMI Keydets (Independent) (1898–1899)
1898 VMI 4–2
1899 VMI 1–0
Penn State: 5–2
Penn State Nittany Lions (Independent) (1899)
1899 Penn State 4–6–1
Penn State: 4–6–1
Dickinson Red Devils (Independent) (1900)
1900 Dickinson 5–4
Dickinson: 5–4
Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops (Independent) (1901–1902)
1901 Ohio Wesleyan 8–2
1902 Ohio Wesleyan 7–3
Ohio Wesleyan: 15–5
Total: 29–17–1


  1. ^ Alumni File at the University of Pennsylvania Archives
  2. ^
  3. ^ Penn Athletics Archived 2011-07-15 at the Wayback Machine. "All-Time Penn Football Honorees"
  4. ^ Ivy League Sports Archived 2005-02-27 at the Wayback Machine. "University of Pennsylvania Honorees"
  5. ^ College Football Reference Archived 2008-03-02 at the Wayback Machine. "Pennsylvania State University - 1899 football records"
  6. ^ "Sam B. Boyle Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2007-02-27.
  7. ^ PlotIT Scientific Programming Archived 1998-01-13 at the Wayback Machine. "PSU Game History for 1887 - 1900"
  8. ^ Centennial Conference Archived 2008-10-29 at the Wayback Machine. "2008 Centennial Conference Football Prospectus"
  9. ^ “The History of Football at Dickinson College, 1885-1969.” Gobrecht, Wilbur J., Chambersburg, PA: Kerr Printing Co., 1971.
  10. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  11. ^ Football's Unforgettable Games "A Gridiron Massacre" by Harold Classen, 1963
  12. ^ New York Times "DECISIVE DEFEAT FOR HAVERFORD" October 7, 1900
  13. ^ New York Times "PENNSYLVANIA, 22; GETTYSBURG, 0" October 24, 1901
  14. ^ The Lafayette Weekly "Football Notes" September 23, 1898