Charles Best
File:Charles M Best.jpg
Best pictured in The Cap & Gown 1918, Sewanee yearbook
Sport(s)Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born(1874-07-25)July 25, 1874
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
DiedJuly 4, 1962(1962-07-04) (aged 87)
Alameda County, California
Alma materLafayette University (1899)
Playing career
Head coaching record
Overall24–13–3 (football)
10–3 (basketball)

Charles Monroe Best (July 25, 1874 – July 4, 1962)[1] was an American football and basketball coach. He served as the head football coach at Drake University (1900–1901), Purdue University (1902), and Sewanee: The University of the South (1917–1918), compiling a career college football record of 24–13–3. Best was also the head basketball coach at Purdue for one season in 1901–1902, tallying a mark of 10–3.

Coaching careerEdit


Best was the fifth head football coach at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, serving for two seasons, from 1900 to 1901, and compiling a record of 10–7.[2]


Best coached the 1902 season at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He had his most successful season at Purdue, posting a record of 7–2–1.[3]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Drake Bulldogs (Independent) (1900–1901)
1900 Drake 6–3
1901 Drake 4–4
Drake: 10–7
Purdue Boilermakers (Western Conference) (1902)
1902 Purdue 7–2–1 2–2 5th
Purdue: 7–2–1 2–2
Sewanee Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1917–1918)
1917 Sewanee 4–2–2 3–2–2
1918 Sewanee 3–2 0–1
Sewanee: 7–4–1 3–3–2
Total: 24–13–3
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


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