Herman Olcott

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Herman Olcott
Herman Olcott - 1903.jpg
Olcott pictured in the 1903 Yackety Yack, North Carolina yearbook
Biographical details
Born(1879-01-01)January 1, 1879
New York, New York
DiedNovember 3, 1929(1929-11-03) (aged 50)
Wallingford, Connecticut
Playing career
1900–1901 Yale
Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1902–1903 North Carolina
1907–1912 NYU
1915–1917 Kansas
1918 Great Lakes Navy
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
All-American, 1900

Herman Parker "Bo" Olcott (January 1, 1879 November 3, 1929) [1] was an American football player and coach. He played college football at Yale University, where he was an All-American in 1900 at center. Olcott was the head football coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1902 to 1903, New York University (NYU) from 1907 to 1912, and the University of Kansas, from 1915 to 1917. He was the head coach of the Great Lakes Navy Bluejackets football team, which represented the Naval Station Great Lakes, for the first three games of the 1918 season. Olcott died on November 3, 1929 in Wallingford, Connecticut after a three-year illness. [2]


Head coaching record

North Carolina Tar Heels (Independent)(1902–1903)
1902 North Carolina 5–1–3
1903 North Carolina 6–3
North Carolina:11–4–3
NYU Violets (Independent)(1907–1912)
1907 NYU 5–2
1908 NYU 2–3–2
1909 NYU 6–1–1
1910 NYU 2–4–1
1911 NYU 1–3–3
1912 NYU 2–6
Kansas Jayhawks (Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association)(1915–1917)
1915 Kansas 6–23–12nd
1916 Kansas 4–3–11–2–15th
1917 Kansas 6–23–1T–2nd
Great Lakes Navy Bluejackets (Independent)(1918)
1918 Great Lakes Navy 2–0–1 [n 1]
Great Lakes Navy:2–0–1


  1. Olcott was replaced as head coach after three games by Clarence J. McReavy. McReavy led Great Lakes Navy for the final five games of the season including the 1919 Rose Bowl. The team finished the season with a record of 6–0–2.

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  1. "Herman Olcott Dies; Ex-Yale Gridiron Star; Former Centre on Noted F. Gordon Brown Football Team Had Been Ill Three Years" (PDF). The New York Times . Associated Press. November 5, 1929. Retrieved January 30, 2011.