Garfield Weede

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Garfield Weede
Weede, suited up for football at Penn
Biographical details
Born(1880-11-26)November 26, 1880
Burlington, Iowa
DiedNovember 21, 1971(1971-11-21) (aged 90)
Wichita, Kansas
Playing career
1901–1904 Penn
Position(s) End, placekicker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1906–1908 Washburn
1910–1918 Cooper
1919–1928 Pittsburg State
1919–1922 Pittsburg State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1905–1909 Washburn
1919–1951 Pittsburg State
Head coaching record
Overall87–64–14 (football)
Accomplishments and honors
3 KCAC (1907, 1919, 1924)
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
Walter Camp All-American Team, 1904
NAIA Track and Field Hall of Fame

Garfield Wilson Weede (November 26, 1880 – November 21, 1971) was an American football, basketball, and track and field coach and athletic director. He was one of the first college coaches to "break the color line" and allow racial integration among his players. [1]


Playing career

Garfield Weede played football at the University of Pennsylvania as an end and placekicker. He was severely injured in a game in October 1905. [2] Under head coach Carl S. Williams, the team was undefeated in 1904 with a record of 12–0 and has since retroactively been declared "national champions" for that year. [3]

Coaching career


Weede was the tenth head football coach for Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, as well as the athletic director. He held the position for three seasons, from 1906 until 1908, and followed John H. Outland. Weede's coaching record at Washburn was 20–6–4. [4] Football legend Walter Camp called him a "familiar winner" in one of his reviews of the program [5] and his 1907 team finished the season undefeated and untied with victories of Kansas State, Kansas, and Oklahoma. [6]


Weede next became the head football coach at Cooper Memorial College—now known as Sterling College—in Sterling, Kansas. [7] He held that position for nine seasons, from 1910 until 1918. His coaching record at Cooper was 21–25–3. Weede is a member of the Sterling College Athletic Hall of Fame. [8]

Pittsburg State

In 1919, "Doc" Weede was hired as coach of all sports and director of athletics at Pittsburg Manual Training Normal in Pittsburg, Kansas. He coached the football team to a 46–33–7 record from 1919 to 1928 including the school's first undefeated team in 1924. That year, his team was declared Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference champions. [9]

Doc Weede ended his football coaching career on a downturn, losing every game of his final season of 1928. His squad only scored in two of seven games and allowed a total of 113 points. [10]


Weede was inducted in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1961. [11] Although he spent most of his time and efforts in college athletics, he also was a dentist, having earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Pennsylvania in 1906. [12]

Head coaching record


Washburn Ichabods (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference)(1906–1908)
1906 Washburn8–1–3
1907 Washburn8–01st
1908 Washburn4–5–1
Cooper Barrelmakers (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference)(1910–1918)
1910 Cooper0–2–1
1911 Cooper0–3
1912 Cooper0–3
1913 Cooper2–1
1914 Cooper4–4
1915 Cooper7–1–16–1–13rd
1916 Cooper6–36–3T–6th
1917 Cooper2–5–12–5–1T–11th
1918 Cooper0–3
Pittsburg State Gorillas (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference)(1919–1927)
1919 Pittsburg State7–2–15–0–1T–1st
1920 Pittsburg State5–4–13–38th
1921 Pittsburg State7–2–15–1–13rd
1922 Pittsburg State4–53–410th
1923 Pittsburg State3–3–22–2–2T–8th
1924 Pittsburg State7–0–15–0–11st
1925 Pittsburg State5–2–15–24th
1926 Pittsburg State2–62–5T–12th
1927 Pittsburg State6–25–2T–5th
Pittsburg State Gorillas (Central Intercollegiate Conference)(1928)
1928 Pittsburg State0–70–67th
Pittsburg State:46–33–735–25–5

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  2. New York Times "PENNA., 16; GETTYSBURG, 6." October 5, 1905
  3. College Football Data Warehouse 1904 Penn Football Results
  4. Washburn University football history
  5. The Official National Collegiate Athletic Association football guide "The official rules book and record book of college football" (edited by Walter Camp) Can Sports Publishing Company, 1922
  6. College Football in Kansas by Harold C. Evans, 1940
  7. "Football Media Guide" (PDF). Sterling Warriors . Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  8. DeLassus, David. "Sterling College Records By Year (incomplete data)". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on June 22, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  9. College Football Data Warehouse Pittsburg State University 1924 results
  10. College Football Data Warehouse Pittsburg State University 1928 results
  11. Kansas Sports Hall of Fame [ permanent dead link ] Garfield Weede
  12. General alumni catalogue of the University of Pennsylvania, 1922 By University of Pennsylvania. General Alumni Society, p717