Thomas Trenchard

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Thomas Trenchard
Trenchard pictured in The Official National Collegiate Athletic Association football guide, 1893
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1874-05-03)May 3, 1874
Queen Anne's County, Maryland
Died October 16, 1943(1943-10-16) (aged 69)
Baldwin, New York
Playing career
1893 Princeton
1895 Latrobe Athletic Association
1896 Allegheny Athletic Association
1897–1898 Latrobe Athletic Association
1898 Western Pa. All-Star Team
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1895 North Carolina
1896 West Virginia
1897 Western U. of Pennsylvania
1899 Washington and Lee
1901 Washington and Lee
1913–1915 North Carolina
Head coaching record
Overall 34–28–6
Accomplishments and honors
1 SIAA (1895)
All-American, 1893

Thomas Gawthrop "Doggie" Trenchard (May 3, 1874 – October 16, 1943)[1][2][3] was an All-American football player at Princeton University in 1893 and a college football head coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Pittsburgh, and West Virginia University. Trenchard earned the nickname "Doggie" because of his shaggy haired appearance.

Early life and playing career[edit]

Trenchard was born in Queen Anne's County, Maryland.[4] Prior to his coaching career, Trenchard was a professional football player from 1895 until 1898 for the Latrobe Athletic Association and the Allegheny Athletic Association. He also played for the 1898 Western Pennsylvania All-Star football team, formed by Latrobe manager Dave Berry.[5][6][7]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1895, and from 1913 to 1915, he coached at North Carolina, where he compiled a 26–9–2 record. His best season there came in 1914, when North Carolina went 10–1. In 1897, he coached at Pittsburgh, and compiled a 1–3 record. In 1896, he coached at West Virginia and compiled a 3–7–2 record.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
North Carolina Tar Heels (Independent) (1895)
1895 North Carolina 7–1–1 1st (SIAA)
West Virginia Mountaineers (Independent) (1896)
1896 West Virginia 3–7–2
West Virginia: 3–7–2
Western University of Pennsylvania Panthers (Independent) (1897)
1897 Western University of Pennsylvania 1–3
Western University of Pennsylvania: 1–3
Washington and Lee Generals (Independent) (1899)
1899 Washington and Lee 1–5–2
Washington and Lee Generals (Independent) (1901)
1901 Washington and Lee 3–4
Washington and Lee: 4–9–2
North Carolina Tar Heels (South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1913–1915)
1913 North Carolina 5–4 7th
1914 North Carolina 10–1 1–1 T-3rd
1915 North Carolina 4–3–1 9th
North Carolina: 26–9–2
Total: 34–28–6
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ International Genealogical Index - North America
  2. ^ "Ex-Princeton Star Dies". The Miami News. October 19, 1943. Retrieved April 12, 2012. [dead link]
  3. ^ "T. TRENCHARD DIES; 1893 GRIDIRON STAR; Princeton's All-America End Led Unbeaten Team—Was With Oil Firm 40 Years". The New York Times. October 19, 1943. Retrieved April 12, 2012. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ MARYLAND'S GLORY; She Is Great in Foot-Ball as Well as in Many Other Things, The Baltimore Sun, December 2, 1893.
  5. ^ "The First All-Star Game" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 1 (1): 1–9. 1979. 
  6. ^ Van Atta, Robert (1980). "Latrobe, PA: Cradle of Pro Football" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 2 (Annual): 1–21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-26. 
  7. ^ "Last Hurrah in Allegheny" (PDF). Professional Football Researchers Association. 1980: 1–3. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 26, 2010. 

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