Boyle in 1895
November 28, 1876|
|Died||October 30, 1923
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Samuel Alexander Boyle Jr. (November 28, 1876 – October 30, 1923) 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.
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. His overall coaching record at Dickinson was 5 wins, 4 losses, and 0 ties. This ranks him 20th at Dickinson in terms of total wins and eighth at Dickinson in terms of winning percentage.
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).
Other athletic work
Head coaching record
|VMI Keydets (Independent) (1898–1899)|
|Penn State Nittany Lions (Independent) (1899)|
|Dickinson Red Devils (Independent) (1900)|
|Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops (Independent) (1901–1902)|
- Alumni File at the University of Pennsylvania Archives
- Penn Athletics "All-Time Penn Football Honorees"
- Ivy League Sports "University of Pennsylvania Honorees"
- College Football Reference "Pennsylvania State University - 1899 football records"
- "Sam B. Boyle Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2007-02-27.
- PlotIT Scientific Programming "PSU Game History for 1887 - 1900"
- 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.
- Football's Unforgettable Games "A Gridiron Massacre" by Harold Classen, 1963
- New York Times "DECISIVE DEFEAT FOR HAVERFORD" October 7, 1900
- New York Times "PENNSYLVANIA, 22; GETTYSBURG, 0" October 24, 1901
- The Lafayette Weekly "Football Notes" September 23, 1898