Sam Winningham

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Sam Winningham
Biographical details
Born (1926-10-11) October 11, 1926 (age 94) [1]
Colby, Kansas [1]
Playing career
1948–1949 Colorado
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1950–1952 Bent County HS (CO)
1953–1959 Phoenix Union HS (AZ)
1962–1968 Valley State
Head coaching record
Overall21–42–1 (college)
58–35–3 (high school)
Bowls0–1

Sam Neal Winningham (born October 11, 1926) is a former American football coach and player. He served as the head football coach at San Fernando Valley State College —now known as California State University, Northridge—from 1962 to 1968, compiling a record of 21–42–1. [2] He went on to become the chair of the physical education department at CSUN. [3] Winningham played college football at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was a quarterback. [4] Winningham was hired as the first head football coach at Valley State in 1960. He was the head football coach at Bent County High School in Las Animas, Colorado from 1950 to 1952 and Phoenix Union High School in Phoenix Arizona from 1953 to 1959, amassing a career high school football coaching record of 58–35–3. Winningham earned a master's degree at Arizona State University, [5] and a Ph.D. in physical education from the University of Southern California. Winningham was born in Colby, Kansas, the son of Alida (Bogan) and Neal Winningham. [1] In November 2017, aged 91, he attended a ceremony at CSUN dedicating a plaza in his honor. [6] His daughter is the actress Mare Winningham. [7]

Contents

Head coaching record

College

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffs
Valley State Matadors (California Collegiate Athletic Association)(1962–1968)
1962 Valley State 3–62–35th
1963 Valley State 2–60–36th
1964 Valley State 4–61–3T–4th
1965 Valley State 1–90–46th
1966 Valley State 2–7–10–56th
1967 Valley State 6–43–2T–2ndL Pasadena
1968 Valley State 5–41–3T–4th
Plymouth State:21–42–17–23
Total:21–42–1

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References

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  3. Springer, Steve (November 22, 1987). "Class of '67 Is Still CSUN's Dream Team". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  4. "Sam Winningham". University of Colorado Athletics. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  5. "Arizonan Names VSC Grid Mentor". Los Angeles Times . Los Angeles, California. June 9, 1960. p. 128. Retrieved March 30, 2019 via Newspapers.com Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg .
  6. CSUN Athletics Unveils Winningham Spirit Plaza
  7. Smith, Cecil (May 5, 1980). "Mare Does a Lot of Cheering: Actress Mare Winningham". Los Angeles Times.