Wilbur Hockensmith

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Wilbur Hockensmith
Biographical details
Born(1878-08-17)August 17, 1878
Irwin, Pennsylvania
DiedAugust 19, 1951(1951-08-19) (aged 73)
Irwin, Pennsylvania
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1901Western U. of Pennsylvania
Head coaching record

Wilbur Darwin Hockensmith Sr. (August 17, 1878 – August 19, 1951) was the head coach of the football team at the Western University of Pennsylvania, today known as the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, in 1901. On October 5, 1901, Hockensmith led the school to a victory over West Virginia University, a 12–0 shutout in Morgantown. This was Pitt's first victory in the Backyard Brawl. The team would also post a record 7 wins in 1901 under Hockensmith.

Hockensmith, who also played left guard for the university's football team,[1] graduated from the Western University in 1901 with a degree in mechanical engineering.[2] He later worked for his family's business, the Hockensmith Corporation, which ran a foundry in Irwin, Pennsylvania. Wilbur, his father (Frank Hockensmith) and son (Wilbur D. Hockensmith, Jr.) all served as the company's presidents.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Western University of Pennsylvania (Independent) (1901)
1901 Western University of Pennsylvania 7–2–1
Western University of Pennsylvania: 7–2–1
Total: 7–2–1


  1. ^ "Athletics: W.U.P. Beats Grove City". The Western University Courant. Allegheny, PA. 16 (1): 17. November 1900. Retrieved November 5, 2010.
  2. ^ Annual Commencement of the Collegiate, Engineering and Legal Departments, The Western University of Pennsylvania, June 20, 1901, retrieved November 5, 2010

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