Theron Lyman

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Theron Lyman
Biographical details
Born (1869-09-07)September 7, 1869
Alden, Iowa
Died September 21, 1939(1939-09-21) (aged 70)
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Playing career
1888–1891 Grinnell
1892–1894 Wisconsin
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1891 Grinnell
1891 Nebraska
Head coaching record
Overall 3–3–1

Theron Upson "Tule" Lyman (September 7, 1869 – September 21, 1939)[1] was a college football player and coach. He was also the chief examiners of claims of the Travelers Life Insurance Company of Hartford, Connecticut.[2][3]

Early years[edit]

Theron Upson Lyman was born September 7, 1869 in Alden, Iowa. His father C. N. Lyman was a long-time reverend of Onawa.[4] It is said Theron spent time at Yale University.[5]

Playing career[edit]


Lyman played for Iowa College (later named Grinnell College), in Grinnell, Iowa from 1888 to 1891.


He was the coach of the team as well in 1891, in addition to coaching Nebraska. One account reads "Iowa had an eleven and had a coach, and wanted to play the upstarts from across the Missouri River...So, with a magnanimity seldom equaled in the game's history, Iowa lent its coach, T. U. Lyman, to tutor the Nebraskans."[6]


Lyman was a prominent quarterback for the Wisconsin Badgers football team.[7] He was captain every year he played.[8]


Parke H. Davis was coach in 1893.


Lyman transferred to Wisconsin in order to defeat Minnesota, which he finally did in 1894.[9][10]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Grinnell Pioneers (Independent) (1891)
1891 Grinnell 3–2–1
Grinnell: 3–2–1
Nebraska Old Gold Knights (Independent) (1891)
1891 Nebraska 0–1*
Nebraska: 0–1
Total: 3–3–1

*Lyman was coach for preparing Nebraska for the game against Iowa only.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brewster genealogy 1566-1907. p. 617. 
  2. ^ Catalogue of Beta Theta Pi. 1905. p. 644. 
  3. ^ G. Reid MacKay (1922). Cyclopedia of Insurance in the United States. p. 456. 
  4. ^ The Unit. 1890. p. 113. 
  5. ^ Mike Babcock (1995). The Nebraska Football Legacy. Nebraska Bookstore. p. 51. 
  6. ^ "Maury White". The Des Moines Register. August 29, 1966. p. 19. Retrieved April 22, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ "Theron Lyman, Former U. W. Grid Captain, Dies". The Capital Times. September 22, 1939. p. 12. Retrieved April 22, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ Ariel. 17. p. 291. 
  9. ^ J. F. A. Pyre. Wisconsin. p. 313. 
  10. ^ Al Papas. Gophers Illustrated: The Incredible Complete History of Minnesota Football. p. 6.