Clyde Propst
Biographical details
Born(1898-05-12)May 12, 1898
Ohatchee, Alabama
DiedOctober 13, 1959(1959-10-13) (aged 61)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Alma materUniversity of Alabama
Playing career
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
1 SoCon (1924)
3x All-Southern (1922, 1923, 1924)

Ralph Clyde "Shorty" Propst (May 12, 1898 – October 13, 1959) was an American college football player and coach. He served as head coach at both Howard and Southwestern from 1934 to 1937. During his tenure as a head coach, Propst had an overall record of 19 wins, 14 losses and 6 ties (19–14–6).

Playing career

Propst was a prominent center for the Alabama Crimson Tide football teams of the University of Alabama coached by Xen C. Scott and Wallace Wade. In three different years he was selected All-Southern. He recovered Pooley Hubert's fumble in the endzone which was the deciding score in the 9 to 7 victory over Penn in 1922, arguably the biggest win in the era of Scott's coaching tenure.[1] He won the Porter Loving Cup three times.[2]

Coaching career

After he graduated from Alabama, Propst began his coaching career under Wallace Wade with the Crimson Tide in 1925.[3] At Alabama, Propst served as an assistant with the varsity in 1925, led the freshmen team in 1926 and 1927 before returning as a varsity assistant from 1928 to 1932.[4] After the 1932 season, he left coaching briefly to enter private business.[4] On March 21, 1934, Propst was hired to serve as head coach at Howard College (now Samford University) after Eddie McLane resigned to take the same position at Louisiana Tech.[5] During his one season with the Bulldogs, Propst led Howard to an overall record of three wins, four losses and two ties (3–4–2).[6]

He resigned his position at Howard one year later on March 7, 1935 to become both the head coach and athletic director at Southwestern College of Memphis (now Rhodes College).[7] The position came available after the death of James DeHart who was hired, but never coached a game at Southwestern in February 1935.[7][8] During his three-year tenure with the Lynx, his most notable victory came in 1936 when he led Southwestern to a 12–0 upset over Vanderbilt.[9] Propst later resigned both as head coach and athletic director at Southwestern on December 3, 1937.[10] He chose to resign after he learned his contract was not to be renewed in March 1938 by university officials.[4] During his three-year tenure at Southwestern, Propst led the Lynx to an overall record of sixteen wins, ten losses and four ties (16–10–4).[4][10] Propst later served as line coach at Auburn University from 1944 to 1947.[11]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Howard Bulldogs (Dixie Conference) (1934)
1934 Howard 3–4–2
Howard: 3–4–2
Southwestern Lynx (Dixie Conference) (1935–1937)
1935 Southwestern 3–4–3
1936 Southwestern 7–2–1
1937 Southwestern 6–4
Southwestern: 16–10–4
Total: 19–14–6
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

Later life

After he resigned from Auburn, Propst was recommended by Sam Hobbs in 1948 to serve as postmaster in Ohatchee, Alabama.[12] He later died on October 13, 1959, at the home of his daughter in Philadelphia where he had resided since 1957.[13]


  1. "Alabama vs. Pennsylvania". Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  3. "All-Time Assistant Coaches". 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Record Book. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Athletics Media Relations Office. 2011. pp. 142–143.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Pappas, Thomas (December 10, 1937). "Propst leaves after three years as grid coach" (PDF). The Sou'wester: p. 3. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  5. "Howard names Shorty Propst as head coach". The Tuscaloosa News. Associated Press (Google News Archives): p. 8. March 21, 1934. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  6. "All-Time Results". 2011 Samford Football Media Guide. Homewood, Alabama: Samford University Sports Information. 2011. p. 151.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Shorty Propst chosen Southwestern head coach". The Tuscaloosa News. Associated Press (Google News Archives): p. 8. March 7, 1935. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  8. "Jimmy DeHart, noted grid mentor, passes". The Evening Independent. Associated Press (Google News Archives): p. 4A. March 5, 1935. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  9. "Propst insists he did not use magic in upset". Daily Journal-World. Associated Press (Google News Archives): p. 6. October 12, 1936. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Propst resigns post". The Tuscaloosa News. Associated Press (Google News Archives): p. 6. December 5, 1937. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  11. "Auburn All-Time Assistant Coaches". 2006 Auburn Football Media Guide. Auburn, Alabama: Auburn Media Relations Office. 2006. p. 165.
  12. "Name makes news for Shorty Propst". The Florence Times. Associated Press (Google News Archives): p. 10. June 7, 1948. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  13. "R. C. "Shorty" Propst dies, was all-time Tide great". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News Archives): p. 16. October 14, 1959. Retrieved May 5, 2012.

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