Virginius Dabney (American football)

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Virginius Dabney
Depiction of Dabney c. 1900
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1878-02-02)February 2, 1878
Charlottesville, Virginia
Died January 17, 1942(1942-01-17) (aged 63)
Washington, D.C.
Playing career
1896–1900 Virginia
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1902 Tulane
Head coaching record
Overall 1–4–2
Accomplishments and honors
All-Southern (1900)

Virginius Dabney (February 2, 1878 – January 17, 1942) was an American college football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Tulane University in 1902.

Playing career[edit]

Dabney in uniform

Dabney attended the University of Virginia, where he played on the football team as a prominent halfback from 1896 to 1900.[1] He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon.[2]


Dabney was selected All-Southern by Caspar Whitney in Outing.[3] Virginia had a claim to a Southern championship.[4] The Cavaliers defeated Sewanee 17 to 5 to give the school its first loss since 1897. Dabney ran for two touchdowns that game. An account of one of those reads "Dabney ran twenty yards for a touchdown, the gain being largely due to the splendid interference led by Walker and Haskel.[5]

Coaching career[edit]


In 1902, he was the head coach of the football team at Tulane University. The Olive and Blue amassed a 1–4–2 record that season.[6]

Later life[edit]

Dabney was later an otolaryngologist. He died in 1942.[7]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Tulane Olive and Blue (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1902)
1902 Tulane 1–4–2 0–4–2 17th
Tulane: 1–4–2 0–4–2
Total: 1–4–2


  1. ^ 2009 Virginia Football Media Guide, All-Time Lettermen (PDF), p. 165, University of Virginia, 2009.
  2. ^ The Deke Quarterly, Volume XIV, No. 1, p. 204, Delta Kappa Epsilon, March 1896.
  3. ^ "All-Southern Eleven for 1900". Outing. Outing Publishing Company. 37: 616. 1901. 
  4. ^ "Champions of the South regardless of conference affiliation". 
  5. ^ "Virginia Wins Decisive Victory". The Times. November 30, 1900. 
  6. ^ Virginius Dabney Records by Year, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved December 12, 2010.
  7. ^ "Dr. Dabney Dies; Retired Specialist", January 18, 1942, Washington Post.