Alpha Brummage
File:Alpha Brummage.jpg
Brummage pictured in The Bomb 1913, VMI yearbook
Sport(s)Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born(1880-03-16)March 16, 1880
DiedMarch 11, 1963(1963-03-11) (aged 82)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)



Head coaching record
Overall38–23–1 (football)
33–16 (basketball)
College Football Data Warehouse

Alpha Brummage (March 16, 1880 – March 11, 1963) was a head football coach at Virginia Military Institute and head football and head basketball coach at the University of Kentucky.

Coaching careerEdit

Ottawa University (Kansas)Edit

Brummage was the second head college football coach for the Ottawa University Braves located in Ottawa, Kansas and he held that position for four seasons, from 1904 until 1907. His coaching record at Ottawa was 14 wins, 16 losses, and 1 tie. This ranks him 11th at Ottawa in total wins and 12th at Ottawa in winning percentage (.500).[1]

Brummage took over the team after a one-year hiatus because the school was attempting to purge professionalism from their college sports teams.

Virginia Military InstituteEdit

After completing his tenure at Ottawa, Brummage moved to Lexington, Virginia to become the tenth head college football coach for the Virginia Military Institute Keydets. He held that position for two seasons, from 1911 until 1912. His career coaching record at VMI was 13 wins, 2 losses, and 0 ties. This ranks him eighth at VMI in total wins and first at VMI in winning percentage.[2]

University of KentuckyEdit

Brummage then went to Kentucky where he was football coach from 1913 to 1914, compiling an 11–5 record, and basketball coach from 1913 to 1915, compiling a 19-7 record.

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Ottawa Braves (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1904–1907)
1904 Ottawa 3–5
1905 Ottawa 2–6–1
1906 Ottawa 5–2
1907 Ottawa 4–3
Ottawa: 14–16–1
VMI Keydets (Independent) (1911–1912)
1911 VMI 7–1
1912 VMI 6–1
VMI: 13–2
Kentucky Wildcats (Independent) (1913–1914)
1913 Kentucky 6–2
1914 Kentucky 5–3
Kentucky: 11–5
Total: 38–23–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title



Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
VMI Keydets (Independent) (1911–1913)
1911–12 VMI 6–5
1912–13 VMI 8–4
VMI: 14–9
Kentucky Wildcats (Independent) (1913–1915)
1913–14 Kentucky 12–2
1914–15 Kentucky 7–5
Kentucky: 19–7
Total: 33–16

      National champion         Conference regular season champion         Conference tournament champion
      Conference regular season and conference tournament champion       Conference division champion



External linksEdit

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