Bud Saunders
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Saunders at Clemson in 1923
Sport(s)Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born(1884-05-01)May 1, 1884
St. Joseph, Missouri
Playing career
Position(s)Quarterback (football)
Head coaching record
Overall20–40 (basketball)

William Howard "Bud" Saunders (May 1, 1884 – ?) was an American football player, coach of football and basketball, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at William Jewell College in 1911, at Haskell Institute—now Haskell Indian Nations University—from 1918 to 1919, at Grinnell College from 1920 to 1921, and at Clemson University from 1923 to 1926. Saunders was the head basketball coach at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois during the 1922–23 season and at Clemson from 1923 to 1925, compiling a career college basketball coaching record of 20–40. He also served as the athletic director at Clemson from 1923 to 1926.

Early life and college careerEdit

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A native of St. Joseph, Missouri,[1] Saunders graduated from the University of Missouri in 1911, in the field of law. He played football there as a quarterback on William Roper's 1909 team.[2] He was also a member of Phi Delta Theta during his time at Missouri.[3][4]

Coaching careerEdit

Saunders began his coaching career in William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri when he took charge of the football team in October 1911. He had been slated to coach football at Missouri Valley College that year, but the school disbanded their football team.[5] Saunders served briefly as a football coach at Knox College previous to his stint at Clemson.[6]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
William Jewell Baptists (Independent) (1911)
1911 William Jewell 2–3–5
William Jewell: 2–3–5
Grinnell Pioneers (Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1920–1921)
1920 Grinnell 3–3–1 0–2–1 7th
1921 Grinnell 2–5 0–4 9th
Grinnell: 5–8–1 0–6–1
Clemson Tigers (Southern Conference) (1923–1926)
1923 Clemson 5–2–1 1–1–1 T–11th
1924 Clemson 2–6 0–3 T–19th
1925 Clemson 1–7 0–4 T–20th
1926 Clemson 2–2[n 1] 1–1[n 1] [n 1]
Clemson: 10–17–1 2–9–1
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.



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