Newton pictured in The Agromeck 1938, NC State yearbook
|Born||September 25, 1893|
Thomasville, North Carolina
|Died||June 20, 1970 (aged 76)|
Raleigh, North Carolina
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1925–1927||Howard (AL) (assistant)|
|1929–1930||Howard (AL) (line)|
|Head coaching record|
Sol Williams "Doc" Newton (September 25, 1893 – June 20, 1970) was a minor league baseball player as well as an American football and baseball coach. He served as the head football coach at Davidson College (1932–1935), North Carolina State University (1937–1943), the University of South Carolina (1944), and Guilford College (1945–1948), compiling a career college football record of 59–77–14. Newton was also the head baseball coach at Howard College, now Samford University in 1926 and 1930 and at North Carolina State from 1940 to 1944, tallying a career college baseball mark of 29–67–2.
Solomon Williams "Doc" Newton was born in North Carolina on September 25, 1893. He was the son of Reverend J.D. Newton and Martha Mills (whose father John Haymes Mills founded the first orphanage in the state of North Carolina). Doc married Jean Lightfoot of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
His brother Adrian Jefferson Newton was the Clerk of the North Carolina Supreme Court for 35 years (from October 15, 1941 – December 1, 1976).
His sports career began as a minor league baseball player. His minor league baseball career spanned from 1916 to 1928. Playing for a number of teams, the most prestigious was the Baltimore Orioles AA team in the International League.
Baseball coaching career
Newton was a baseball coach of Gastonia American Legion Post 23 baseball’s program. His tenure with the team was successful as they had a 140-50 record. In 1935, he coached the team to win the National American Legion Championship. He was eventually inducted into the American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame.
Football coaching career
Newton coached football at Davidson from 1932 to 1935 and compiled an 18–13–5 record.
From 1937 to 1945, he coached at North Carolina State, where he compiled a 24–39–6 record. Recruitment became difficult during at least part of his tenure as Head Coach due to the fact that World War II necessitated that eligible males over 18 be inducted into the U.S. military. In addition, the Army did not allow Army officer trainees studying at N.C. State to play on the football team.
In 1944, he coached at South Carolina and compiled a 3–4–2 record.
Head coaching record
|Davidson Wildcats (Big Five Conference) (1932–1935)|
|NC State Wolfpack (Southern Conference) (1937–1943)|
|South Carolina Gamecocks (Southern Conference) (1944)|
|Guilford Quakers (North State Conference) (1945–1948)|
|Ancestors of Williams Newton|
- Search Results—FamilySearch.org — Free Family History and Genealogy Records
- Outlaw Ballplayers: Interviews and Profiles from the Independent Carolina Baseball League by R.G. (Hank) Utley, Tim Peeler, Aaron Peeler, page 87.
- N.C. Alumni State News, March 1937, Volume IX, Number 6, page 9.