W. P. Astle

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W. P. “Buck” Astle
Buck Astle Emporia State.jpg
Coach W. P. “Buck” Astle at a reception for Homer Woodson Hargiss
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1902-07-27)July 27, 1902
Newton, Kansas[1]
Died December 1983 (aged 81)
Newton, Kansas
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1937–1939 McPherson
Head coaching record
Overall 9–15–3 (.389)

William Pierce “Buck” Astle (July 27, 1902 – December 1983) was an American football player, coach, and official in the United States.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Buck Astle played multiple sports at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. He has been inducted into the "Athletic Hall of Honor" at the school in three sports: football, basketball, and baseball.[3] At Emporia, he played under legendary coach Homer Woodson Hargiss.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Coach W. P. "Buck" Astle was the head college football coach for the McPherson Bulldogs located in McPherson, Kansas. He held that position for 3 seasons, from 1937 until 1939. His coaching record at McPherson was 9 wins, 15 losses and 3 ties. As of the conclusion of the 2010 season, this ranks him #13 at McPherson in total wins and #13 at the school in winning percentage (.389).[5]


After coaching, Astle continued to work as an official in multiple games, including the 1951 Central Missouri State vs. Southwestern football game[6] and the 1961 Orange Bowl.[1]


  1. ^ a b "W. P. Astle Will Be Top Official in Orange Bowl Game". Emporia Gazette. December 15, 1960. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Buck Astle to Resign". Lawrence Journal-World. February 26, 1940. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ "ESU Athletics Hall of Honor". Emporia State University. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Football Innovator dies at 91". The Evening Independent. October 18, 1978. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ "McPherson College Football Media Guide 2010" (PDF). McPherson College Athletics. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  6. ^ McDermott, William F (December 9, 1951). "Football's Man of the Year". Los Angeles Times. p. H10. Retrieved October 3, 2013.