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Charles Augustus Lueder
Lueder pictured in The Monticola, West Virginia yearbook
Biographical details
Born(1878-05-30)May 30, 1878
Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
DiedAugust 14, 1954(1954-08-14) (aged 76)
Jacksonville, New York
Playing career
Position(s)Left tackle
Head coaching record

Charles Augustus Lueder (May 30, 1878 – August 14, 1954)[1] was an American head coach in both rowing and college football. He was a native of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and was known as a talented athlete while attending Cornell University.


File:1901 Cornell varsity crew.jpg

1901 Cornell Varsity 8 oared Rowing Team - Lueder is 5th from the left

Lueder graduated from Cornell University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1902.[2] He was one of the first students to excel in three varsity sports there, competing under three legendary coaches: football under Glenn Scobey Warner, track under Jack Moakley, and crew under Charles E. Courtney. His undergraduate success led to his membership in the Quill and Dagger society.

Lueder was at that time considered one of the strongest athletes Cornell had ever developed.[3] In 1901, Lueder was part of Cornell’s world-record-setting varsity eight at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta in Poughkeepsie, New York. This crew broke the world record for a four-mile course with a time of 18 minutes, 53⅓ seconds.[4] In 1956, he was an inaugural inductee into the National Rowing Hall of Fame.[5]

Coaching career

After graduation, Lueder served as head football coach at Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (VPI)—now known as Virginia Tech. Lueder was also approached by Syracuse University to coach their football team. He went to Syracuse to look over the facilities and talk to their representatives. He considered both propositions but accepted Virginal Tech.[3]

The next year, he returned to Cornell as assistant coach of football under Warner and assistant coach of rowing under Courtney. He later became head football coach at West Virginia University (1908–1911), but returned again to Cornell as head crew coach for two seasons (1924–1926).

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
VPI (Independent) (1903)
1903 VPI 5–1
VPI: 5–1
West Virginia Mountaineers (Independent) (1908–1911)
1908 West Virginia 5–3
1909 West Virginia 4–3–2
1910 West Virginia 2–4–1
1911 West Virginia 6–3
West Virginia: 17–13–3
Total: 22–14–3
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. American Veterinary Medical Association (1955). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 126. American Veterinary Medical Association.. ISSN 0003-1488. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  2. "CONFERRING OF DEGREES. Tnirty-fourtn Annual Commencement Celebrated.". Cornell Alumni News (Ithaca, New York: The Cornell Alumni News publishing Co.) IV (35): 222. June 21, 1902. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Lueder to Coach". Cornell Alumni News (Ithaca, New York: The Cornell Alumni News publishing Co.) 5 (27): 222. April 12, 1903. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2008.
  4. Young, Charles Van Patten (1907). The Cornell Navy: A Review. Ithaca, New York: Taylor and Carpenter. pp. 43 & 64.
  5. "National Rowing Hall of Fame". National Rowing Foundation. Retrieved July 31, 2016.

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