Sam Honaker

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Sam Honaker
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1887-03-14)March 14, 1887
Tampa, Florida
Died March 21, 1966(1966-03-21) (aged 79)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Alma mater University of Virginia
Playing career
1906–1909 Virginia
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1911 Richmond
Head coaching record
Overall 0–6–2
Accomplishments and honors
All-Southern (1907)

Samuel William Honaker (March 14, 1887 – March 21, 1966) was an American football player and coach and consul general.

Early years[edit]

Honaker was born in Tampa, Florida in 1887 but grew up in Plano, Texas. He spent two years at Bingham Preparatory School in Asheville, North Carolina and five at the University of Virginia.[1]

University of Virginia[edit]

He graduated from UVA in 1913.[2][3]


Honaker was a quarterback for the Virginia Cavaliers of the University of Virginia, remembered as one of its "great" ones;[4] "a diminutive quarterback who thrilled the crowds with his brilliant broken-field running."[5]


"A well known New York authority on sports" selected Honaker for his All-Southern team in 1907.[6] Walter Camp gave him honorable mention on his All-America teams.[7]


The Cavaliers won an Southern title in 1908.


Virginia won a share of another title in 1909. Honaker was captain of the '09 team. Kemper Yancey was a teammate.

Coaching career[edit]

He was the head college football coach for the University of Richmond Spiders located in Richmond, Virginia for the 1911 season. His career coaching record at Richmond was 0 wins, 6 losses, and 2 ties.[8]

Consul general[edit]

Honaker later joined the United States Foreign Service, serving as consul general in Istanbul, Turkey at one point.[9] He was also the consul general in Stuttgart, Germany in 1935.[10]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Richmond Spiders (Independent) (1911)
1911 Richmond 0–6–2
Richmond: 0–6–2
Total: 10–6–2


  1. ^ Register of the Department of State. October 21, 1915. p. 89. 
  2. ^ Register of the Department of State. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1922. p. 134. 
  3. ^ Football at the University of Richmond, 1878-1948. 1949. p. 89. 
  4. ^ Alumni Association of the University of Virginia (1946). "Class of 1913". Virginia. 35: 23. 
  5. ^ University of Virginia (1930). Corks and Curls. p. 309. 
  6. ^ "All-Southern Eleven". Charlotte Observer. December 16, 1907
  7. ^ "Camp Selects Team". The Washington Herald. December 27, 1907. p. 8. Retrieved March 14, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ Richmond Coaching Records
  9. ^ Alumni Association of the University of Virginia (1966). "Deaths". Virginia. 55: 52. 
  10. ^ Ascher, Abraham (2012). Was Hitler a Riddle?: Western Democracies and National Socialism. Stanford University Press. p. 181. 

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