Thomas Trenchard

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Thomas Trenchard
Trenchard pictured in Spalding's Official Foot Ball Guide, 1893
Biographical details
Born(1874-05-03)May 3, 1874
Queen Anne's County, Maryland, U.S.
DiedOctober 16, 1943(1943-10-16) (aged 69)
Baldwin, New York, U.S.
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
Accomplishments and honors
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.


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]

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 1896, he coached at West Virginia and compiled a 3–7–2 record. In 1897, he coached at Pittsburgh, and compiled a 1–3 record.

He is erroneously referred to as "T. C. Trenchard" in most North Carolina football media guides.

Head coaching record

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

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