American Football Database
Carl Forkum
Forkum pictured in La Vie 1905, Penn State yearbook
Sport(s)Football, baseball
Biographical details
Born(1882-11-23)November 23, 1882
Clarion, Pennsylvania
DiedMarch 19, 1934(1934-03-19) (aged 51)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alma materPenn State (1905)[1]
Washington & Jefferson[2]
Head coaching record
Overall13–6 (football)
59–27–1 (baseball)

Carl Schurz Forkum (November 23, 1882 – March 19, 1934) was an American football and baseball player and coach. He served as the 11th head football coach at West Virginia University and he held that position for two seasons, from 1905 to 1906. His coaching record at West Virginia was 13–6.[3]

Forkum died in 1934 of "complications of diseases" after a month in a hospital.[4] At the time of his death he worked for a steel company and served on the local school board.[5] He was buried in Franklin Cemetery in Franklin, Pennsylvania.[6]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
West Virginia Mountaineers (Independent) (1905–1906)
1905 West Virginia 8–1
1906 West Virginia 5–5
West Virginia: 13–6
Total: 13–6
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. Walsh, C.; Whittle, G.; Intercollegiate Football, Inc. (Saint Paul, Minn.). (1934). Intercollegiate football: a complete pictorial and statistical review from 1869 to 1934. Published by Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc., for Intercollegiate Football, Inc.. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  2. "The Pittsburgh Press - Google News Archive Search".,7197996&dq=coach-carl-forkum+washington&hl=en. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  3. West Virginia Mountaineers football coaching records Archived October 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. "Deaths of the Day", New Castle News, March 19, 1934, New Castle, Pennsylvania
  5. "Donora Mill Official Called by Death", The Monessen Daily Independent, March 19, 1934, Monessen, Pennsylvania
  6. "Carl Schurz Forkum (1882 - 1934) - Find A Grave Memorial". Retrieved September 15, 2015.

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