Art Guepe
Biographical details
Born(1915-01-28)January 28, 1915
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
DiedNovember 4, 2001(2001-11-04) (aged 86)
Playing career
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
SEC Coach of the Year (1955)

Arthur Leo Guepe (January 28, 1915 – November 4, 2001) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Virginia from 1946 to 1952 and Vanderbilt University from 1953 to 1962, compiling a career college football record of 86–71–9.

Playing and assistant coaching careerEdit

Guepe played quarterback at Marquette University from 1934 to 1936 in a backfield that included two-time All-American Ray Buivid, Ray Sonnenberg, and Arthur's twin brother, Albert Guepe. The Golden Avalanche compiled records of 7–1 in 1935 and 7–2 in 1936, the latter season concluding with a 16–6 loss to Sammy Baugh and TCU in the 1937 Cotton Bowl Classic. Guepe and his twin brother, Al, starred for Marquette from 1933 to 1936. In the TCU game, Guepe raced a punt back 60 yards for the first touchdown in Cotton Bowl history to give Marquette an early lead. After graduation, Guepe served one season as freshmen football and basketball coach at Marquette, and then moved to the University of Virginia as an assistant football coach from 1938 to 1942. Guepe served in the United States Navy during World War II and played one season in 1943 for the Iowa Pre-Flight Seahawks football team.

Head coaching careerEdit

Guepe was the head coach of the Virginia Cavaliers football program from 1946 to 1952, having compiled a 47–17–2 (.727) record. His final three years were his best, winning eight games in each of those seasons. His '51 team finished 8–1 and ranked 13th in the nation.

Vanderbilt University lured Guepe from Virginia in 1953 and he coached the Commodores for ten seasons (1953–1962). Guepe's 1955 Vandy team, beat 8th-ranked Auburn in the Gator Bowl and finished 8–3. His Vandy teams won more Southeastern Conference games (19) than any Commodore coach before or since.

Upon retiring from coaching after the 1962 season, Guepe said matter-of-factly and without bitterness: "There is no way you can be Harvard Monday through Friday and try to be Alabama on Saturday."[1] His message to the Vanderbilt chancellor and trustees was unambiguous. To be competitive in the arena of big-time college football, Vanderbilt would have to relax some of its high standards of admissions and academic eligibility. His son, Arthur A. Guepe, played football at Vanderbilt from 1961 to 1963.

Later life and deathEdit

Guepe served as the Ohio Valley Conference's first commissioner from 1963 to 1975. Guepe died on November 4, 2001 at a nursing home in Florida.[2]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
Virginia Cavaliers (Independent) (1946–1952)
1946 Virginia 4–4–1
1947 Virginia 7–3
1948 Virginia 5–3–1
1949 Virginia 7–2
1950 Virginia 8–2
1951 Virginia 8–1 13
1952 Virginia 8–2
Virginia: 47–17–2
Vanderbilt Commodores (Southeastern Conference) (1953–1962)
1953 Vanderbilt 3–7 1–5 T–10th
1954 Vanderbilt 2–7 1–5 T–11th
1955 Vanderbilt 8–3 5–3 4th W Gator
1956 Vanderbilt 5–5 2–5 T–8th
1957 Vanderbilt 5–3–2 3–3–1 T–6th
1958 Vanderbilt 5–2–3 2–1–3 4th
1959 Vanderbilt 5–3–2 3–2–2 T–5th
1960 Vanderbilt 3–7 0–7 12th
1961 Vanderbilt 2–8 1–6 12th
1962 Vanderbilt 1–9 1–6 11th
Vanderbilt: 39–54–7 19–43–6
Total: 86–71–9
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final AP Poll.


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