Thomas Ransom (coach)

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Thomas Ransom
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born(1870-08-08)August 8, 1870
Grant County, Indiana
Died June 3, 1946(1946-06-03) (aged 75)
Glendale, California
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1914 Michigan State Normal
1914–1915 Michigan State Normal
Head coaching record
Overall 3–2–1 (football)
9–4 (basketball)

Thomas Harvey Ransom (August 8, 1870 – June 3, 1946) was an American football and basketball coach and a doctor. Ransom was the head football coach at Michigan State Normal College—now known as Eastern Michigan University—in Ypsilanti, Michigan, serving for the 1914 season, and compiling a record of 3–2–1. [1] [2] He was also the head basketball coach at Michigan State Normal for the 1914–15 season, tallying a mark of 9–4.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

Basketball team sport played on a court with baskets on either end

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

Eastern Michigan University comprehensive, co-educational public university in Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States

Eastern Michigan University (EMU) is a public university in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Ypsilanti is 35 miles (56 km) west of Detroit and eight miles (13 km) east of Ann Arbor. The university was founded in 1849 as Michigan State Normal School. Today, the university is governed by an eight-member Board of Regents whose members are appointed by the governor of Michigan for eight-year terms. The school belongs to the Mid-American Conference and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Since 1991 EMU athletes have been known as "Eagles" and the school mascot, Swoop, was officially adopted by the university three years later.


Ransom, who had an M.D., resided at 950 Sheridan Street in Ypsilanti when he worked at the university. [3] He had previously resided at Bloomingdale, where he was one of the first citizens to own a car. [4] [5] In addition to having the position as instructor in Physical Education, Ransom was also a health inspector at the school. [6]

Bloomingdale, Michigan Village in Michigan, United States

Bloomingdale is a village in Van Buren County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 454 at the 2010 census. The village is located within Bloomingdale Township and is the township seat.

Born in Grant County, Indiana in 1870, [7] Ransom married Nelle Pearl Wiggins on April 2, 1902. [8] [9] He died on June 3, 1946 in California. [10] [11]

Grant County, Indiana County in the United States

Grant County is a county located in central Indiana in the United States Midwest. At the time of the 2010 census, the population was 70,061. The county seat is Marion. Important paleontological discoveries, dating from the Pliocene epoch, have been made at the Pipe Creek Sinkhole in Grant County.

California State of the United States of America

California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents, California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second and fifth most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 8.8 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Michigan State Normal Normalites (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association)(1914)
1914 Michigan State Normal 3–2–1 1–0–1
Michigan State Normal: 3–2–1 1–0–1
Total: 3–2–1


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Michigan State Normal Normalites (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association)(1914–1915)
1914–15 Michigan State Normal 9–4
Michigan State Normal: 9–4
Total: 9–4

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