Williams Newton

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Williams Newton
Sol Williams Newton.jpg
Newton pictured in The Agromeck 1938, NC State yearbook
Biographical details
Born(1893-09-25)September 25, 1893
Thomasville, North Carolina
DiedJune 20, 1970(1970-06-20) (aged 76)
Raleigh, North Carolina[1]
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1925–1927Howard (AL) (assistant)
1928Birmingham–Southern (freshmen)
1929–1930Howard (AL) (line)
1931Tennessee (assistant)
1937–1943NC State
1944South Carolina
1926–1927Howard (AL)
1930–1931Howard (AL)
1940–1944NC State
Head coaching record
Overall59–77–14 (football)

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[2]). 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).[3]

Baseball career[edit]

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.[4]

Baseball coaching career[edit]

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.[5] In 1935, he coached the team to win the National American Legion Championship.[6] He was eventually inducted into the American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame.[7]

In addition, he coached baseball at Howard College (now Samford) in 1926 and 1930, at Davidson College[8], and at North Carolina State from 1940 to 1944.[9][10]

Football coaching career[edit]

In 1931, he was on the coaching staff at the University of Tennessee.[11]

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.[12]

While at North Carolina State, Newton started a fundraising club called "The Doc Newton Club." It is currently known as the "Wolfpack Club."[13]

In 1944, he coached at South Carolina and compiled a 3–4–2 record.

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Davidson Wildcats (Big Five Conference) (1932–1935)
1932 Davidson 4–4–1
1933 Davidson 6–2–1
1934 Davidson 4–4–1
1935 Davidson 4–3–2
Davidson: 18–13–5 2–7
NC State Wolfpack (Southern Conference) (1937–1943)
1937 NC State 5–3–1 4–2–1 6th
1938 NC State 3–7–1 3–3–1 T–6th
1939 NC State 2–8 2–4 T–9th
1940 NC State 3–6 3–5 11th
1941 NC State 4–5–2 3–4–2 8th
1942 NC State 4–4–2 3–1–2 6th
1943 NC State 3–6 1–4 9th
NC State: 24–39–6 19–24–6
South Carolina Gamecocks (Southern Conference) (1944)
1944 South Carolina 3–4–2 1–3 7th
South Carolina: 3–4–2 1–3
Guilford Quakers (North State Conference) (1945–1948)
1945 Guilford 0–7
1946 Guilford 6–2–1
1947 Guilford 4–6
1948 Guilford 4–6
Guilford: 14–21–1
Total: 59–77–14