Sam Costen

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Sam C. Costen
Sport(s) football
Biographical details
Born (1882-05-18)May 18, 1882
McKenzie, Tennessee
Died January 21, 1955(1955-01-21) (aged 72)
Memphis, Tennessee
Alma mater Vanderbilt University[1]
Playing career
1906–1908 Vanderbilt
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1909–1910 The Citadel
1911–1912 Vanderbilt (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 7–7–2
Accomplishments and honors
2x All-Southern (1906, 1907)

Samuel Cutter Costen[2] (May 18, 1882 – January 21, 1955)[3] was an American football player and coach. Costen was a quarterback for Dan McGugin's Vanderbilt Commodores of Vanderbilt University. As a player he weighed some 150 pounds. He was the third head college football coach for The Citadel Bulldogs located in Charleston, South Carolina and he held that position for two seasons, from 1909 until 1910. His career coaching record at The Citadel was 7–7–2.[4] He also coached in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Costen graduated from Vanderbilt in 1908 with a LL.B degree.[5] He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega.[6]

Costen died in Memphis in 1955.[7]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ "Sam C. Costen". 
  4. ^ "Citadel Coaching Records". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Costen, Crabtree, & Costen". Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory: 2624. 
  6. ^ Alpha Tau Omega (1955). The Palm of Alpha Tau Omega. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Father of Chick Football Passes", Blytheville Courier News, January 22, 1955, Blytheville, Arkansas

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