W. G. Speer

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W. G. Speer
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Speer pictured in Reveille 1917, Fort Hays yearbook
Biographical details
Bornc. 1885
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1915–1918Fort Hays State
1919–1922Nebraska State Normal
1916–1919Fort Hays State
1919–1923Nebraska State Normal
Head coaching record
Overall39–16 (football)
71–22 (basketball)
Accomplishments and honors
1 KCAC (1917)

Whitcomb Glenn Speer was an American football and basketball coach. He served as the head football coach at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas from 1915 to 1918 and Peru State College at Nebraska State Normal School—now known as Peru State College compiling a career college football coaching record of 39–16.[1] Speer was also the head basketball coach at Nebraska State Normal from 1919 to 1923, tallying a mark of 71–22.

While coaching at Fort Hays, he led the Tigers to 12 consecutive victories from the second game in the 1916 season to seventh game in the 1917 season—a record that stands as of the conclusion of the 2007 season. His 1915 and 1917 teams also are tied for the most consecutive games without being scored upon.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Fort Hays State Tigers (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1915–1918)
1915 Fort Hays State 4–3 3–3
1916 Fort Hays State 5–2 4–1
1917 Fort Hays State 7–0 6–0 T–1st
1918 Fort Hays State 2–1
Fort Hays State: 18–6
Nebraska State Normal () (1919–1922)
1919 Nebraska State Normal 5–2
1920 Nebraska State Normal 5–4
1921 Nebraska State Normal 5–3
1922 Nebraska State Normal 6–1
Nebraska State Normal: 21–10
Total: 39–16
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "Fort Hays State University coaching records". Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  2. ^ FHSU Football Records/Media Guide