W. G. Speer

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W. G. Speer
W G Speer.jpg
Speer pictured in Reveille 1917, Fort Hays yearbook
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born c. 1885
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1915–1918 Fort Hays State
1919–1922 Nebraska State Normal
1916–1919 Fort Hays State
1919–1923 Nebraska State Normal
Head coaching record
Overall 39–16 (football)
71–22 (basketball)
Accomplishments and honors
1 KCAC (1917)

Whitcomb Glenn Speer was an American football and basketball coach. He was the second head football coach for the Fort Hays State University Tigers located in Hays, Kansas and he held that position for four seasons, from 1915 until 1918. His career coaching record at Fort Hays was 18 wins, 6 losses, and 0 ties. This ranks him 11th at Fort Hays in total wins and second at Fort Hays in winning percentage.[1]

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
Total: 18–6
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth