Thomas Trenchard

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Thomas Trenchard
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Trenchard pictured in The Official National Collegiate Athletic Association football guide, 1893
Biographical details
Born(1874-05-03)May 3, 1874
Queen Anne's County, Maryland
DiedOctober 16, 1943(1943-10-16) (aged 69)
Baldwin, New York
Playing career
1893 Princeton
1895 Latrobe Athletic Association
1896 Allegheny Athletic Association
1897–1898 Latrobe Athletic Association
1898 Western Pa. All-Star Team
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1895 North Carolina
1896 West Virginia
1897 Western U. of Pennsylvania
1899 Washington and Lee
1901 Washington and Lee
1913–1915 North Carolina
Head coaching record
Overall34–28–6
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
All-American, 1893

Thomas Gawthrop "Doggie" Trenchard (May 3, 1874 – October 16, 1943) [1] [2] [3] was an All-American football player at Princeton University in 1893 and a college football head coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Pittsburgh, and West Virginia University. Trenchard earned the nickname "Doggie" because of his shaggy haired appearance.

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Early life and playing career

Trenchard was born in Queen Anne's County, Maryland. [4] Prior to his coaching career, Trenchard was a professional football player from 1895 until 1898 for the Latrobe Athletic Association and the Allegheny Athletic Association. He also played for the 1898 Western Pennsylvania All-Star football team, formed by Latrobe manager Dave Berry. [5] [6] [7]

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Queen Anne's County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maryland. As of the 2010 census, the population was 47,798. Its county seat and most populous municipality is Centreville. The census-designated place of Stevensville is the county's most populous place. The county is named for Queen Anne of Great Britain who reigned when the county was established in 1706.

The Latrobe Athletic Association was a professional football team located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, from 1895 until 1909. A member of the unofficial Western Pennsylvania Professional Football Circuit, the team is best known for being the first football club to play a full season while composed entirely of professional players. In 1895, team's quarterback, John Brallier, also became the first football player to openly turn professional, by accepting $10 and expenses to play for Latrobe against the Jeannette Athletic Club.

The Allegheny Athletic Association was an athletic club that fielded the first ever professional American football player and later the first fully professional football team. The organization was founded in 1890 as a regional athletic club in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which is today the North Shore of Pittsburgh.

Coaching career

In 1895, and from 1913 to 1915, he coached at North Carolina, where he compiled a 26–9–2 record. His best season there came in 1914, when North Carolina went 10–1. In 1897, he coached at Pittsburgh, and compiled a 1–3 record. In 1896, he coached at West Virginia and compiled a 3–7–2 record.

Head coaching record

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffs
North Carolina Tar Heels (Independent)(1895)
1895 North Carolina 7–1–1
West Virginia Mountaineers (Independent)(1896)
1896 West Virginia 3–7–2
West Virginia:3–7–2
Western University of Pennsylvania (Independent)(1897)
1897 Western University of Pennsylvania 1–3
Western University of Pennsylvania:1–3
Washington and Lee Generals (Independent)(1899)
1899 Washington and Lee1–5–2
Washington and Lee Generals (Independent)(1901)
1901 Washington and Lee3–4
Washington and Lee:4–9–2
North Carolina Tar Heels (South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association)(1913–1915)
1913 North Carolina 5–40–37th
1914 North Carolina 10–11–1T–3rd
1915 North Carolina 4–3–10–2T–8th
North Carolina:26–9–2
Total:34–28–6

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