W. D. Chadwick

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W. D. Chadwick
Coach WD Chadwick.png
Chadwick pictured in Reveille 1917, Mississippi State yearbook
Sport(s) Football, baseball, basketball
Biographical details
Born (1883-12-20)December 20, 1883
Died June 5, 1934(1934-06-05) (aged 50)
Starkville, Mississippi
Alma mater Marietta College[1]
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1905–1906 Albion
1909–1913 Mississippi A&M
1910–1918 Mississippi A&M
1910–1911 Mississippi A&M
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1909–1930 Mississippi A&M
Head coaching record
Overall 37–18–3 (football)
120–72–9 (baseball)
2–4 (basketball)
Bowls 1–0

William Dean Chadwick (December 20, 1883 – June 5, 1934)[2][3]was an American football, baseball, and basketball coach, and college athletics administrator. Chadwick served as head football coach at Albion College, and the head football, basketball, baseball coach and athletic director at Mississippi A&M College (now known as Mississippi State University).


Chadwick served as head football coach at Albion College for the 1905 and 1906 seasons. During his two-season tenure, he compiled an overall record of 8 wins, 6 losses and 1 tie (8–6–1).[4]

Mississippi A&M[edit]


After leaving Albion, Chadwick served as the head football coach at Mississippi A&M from 1909 until 1913 compiling an overall record of 29 wins, 12 losses and 2 ties (29–12–2).[5] His most notable accomplishment during that time was leading the Aggies to their first ever bowl appearance and win in the 1912 Bacardi Bowl.[6] Chadwick did not actually coach the game, but instead opted to stay home and attend the funeral of A&M end Levi Gaston Bass who had died from meningitis that he developed as a result of an injury he suffered during a game against Birmingham College. Chadwick put assistant coach and future A&M and Indiana head coach Earle C. "Billy" Hayes in charge of the squad for the trip to Cuba.[7] The Aggies defeated Club Atletico de Cuba by a score of 12-0.[8] Along with being the first postseason game for A&M it was also the last college football game to be played in which touchdowns were worth 5 points (they were increased to 6 before the following season) making the Aggies the last college football team to score a 5-point TD.[9]


His longest stint as a head coach with one program came when he coached the Mississippi A&M baseball team from 1910-1918. During his nine seasons as Aggie skipper he compiled an overall record of 120-72-9 and led the Aggies to Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships in 1911 and 1918.[10]


Chadwick was the second basketball coach in A&M history. He served one season in that capacity leading the Aggies to a 2-4 record during the 1910-1911 season. Following that season he turned the reins over to Earle C. "Billy" Hayes but continued to coach football and baseball.[11]

Athletic director[edit]

In addition to coaching three different programs at A&M, Chadwick also served as athletic director from 1909 to 1930. During his time as AD he worked on improving athletic facilities such as building baseball and football fields, tennis courts, and constructing the school’s first gymnasium. Chadwick also taught physical education.[7] He was relieved of his duties as athletic director during the so-called "Bilbo Purge" of 1930 during which time Governor Theodore Bilbo, along with the boards of trustees of the schools, made several sweeping staff and administration changes at Mississippi's institutions of higher learning. Chadwick was retained as "Professor unassigned, outside of athletics, at the same salary."[12]

Honor and awards[edit]

Chadwick was inducted into the Mississippi State Universality Sports Hall of Fame in 1974.[13] Chadwick Lake, located on the Mississippi State campus near the Bryan Athletic Administration Building, is named in his honor.[14][15]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Albion Britons (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1905–1906)
1905 Albion 5–2
1906 Albion 3–4–1
Albion: 8–6–1
Mississippi A&M Aggies (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1909–1913)
1909 Mississippi A&M 5–4 0–3
1910 Mississippi A&M 7–2 5–2
1911 Mississippi A&M 7–2–1 4–2–1 W Bacardi
1912 Mississippi A&M 4–3 3–2
1913 Mississippi A&M 6–1–1 5–1–1
Mississippi A&M: 29–12–2 17–10–2
Total: 37–18–3


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Mississippi A&M Aggies (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1910–1911)
1910–11 Mississippi A&M 2–4
Mississippi A&M: 2–4
Total: 2–4


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Mississippi A&M Aggies (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1910–1918)
1910 Mississippi A&M 16–11 2–5
1911 Mississippi A&M 16–7 10–6 1st
1912 Mississippi A&M 14–8–1 7–7
1913 Mississippi A&M 16–10–2 8–6–1
1914 Mississippi A&M 11–9–2 5–6–1
1915 Mississippi A&M 12–9–2 8–6–2
1916 Mississippi A&M 11–7 6–6
1917 Mississippi A&M 14–3–2 9–1–2
1918 Mississippi A&M 10–8 4–7 1st
Mississippi A&M: 120–72–9 57–50–6
Total: 120–72–9

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ The M book of athletics, Mississippi A. and M. college, Volume 2
  2. ^ "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-25122-22938-19?cc=1968530&wc=M9W1-7P4:n1673830875 : accessed 07 Jan 2014), Mississippi > Oktibbeha County; A-Z; citing NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d)
  3. ^ University of Michigan Official Publication, Volume 40
  4. ^ "Year-by-Year Football Scores". Albion College. January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  5. ^ DeLassus, David. "W. D. Chadwick Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
  6. ^ Galbraith, Joe; Nemeth, Mike, eds. (2006). 2006 Mississippi State Football Media Guide (PDF). Birmingham, Alabama: EBSCO Media. p. 128. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 11, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
  7. ^ a b W. D. Chadwick and the Bulldogs vs. the "Tigres" (1912)
  8. ^ "The Complete History of the Bacardi Bowl". Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-02-15.
  9. ^ Mississippi State Football History: 1895-1916
  10. ^ "Mississippi State University 2013 Baseball Media Guide" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
  11. ^ "Mississippi State University 2012-2013 Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2013-02-28.
  12. ^ Making Haste Slowly: The Troubled History of Higher Education in Mississippi
  13. ^ Mississippi State Baseball Honors and History
  14. ^ Chadwick Lake
  15. ^ Chadwick Lake location