Dave Puddington
Sport(s)Football, basketball
Biographical details
Bornc. 1928
Playing career
Position(s)Center, linebacker (football)
Head coaching record
Overall45–37–3 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
2 CAC (1964, 1966)

Dave Puddington (born c. 1928) is a former American football coach. He served as the head football coach at Washington University in St. Louis from 1962 to 1967 and at Kent State University from 1968 to 1970, compiling a career college football coaching record of 45–37–3. Puddington is a native of Canton, Ohio. He played football and basketball at Ohio Wesleyan University. After serving in the United States Navy, Puddington began his coaching career as an assistant to Jack Fouts at Fairmont High School in Kettering, Ohio. He was appointed head football coach there in 1958 and led his team to a 9–0 record and a seventh-place ranking among high schools in the state that season. In 1959 Pudding moved to Kent State, where he served a backfield coach under Trevor J. Rees for three seasons.[1]

Puddington resigned as head coach at Kent State following the 1970 season, noting "the prevailing contagious negativism on campus and in the community". Four students had been killed that May in the Kent State shootings.[2] Puddington returned to coaching for one season in 1977 at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia.[3]

Following his coaching career, Puddington worked in fundraising and public relations for Ohio University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Thomas Edison State University, and Morrisville State College. He and his wife, Jean, moved to Lowville, New York in 2009.[4]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Washington University Bears (College Athletic Conference) (1962–1967)
1962 Washington University 5–3 0–0 NA
1963 Washington University 6–2–1 1–1 3rd
1964 Washington University 6–3–1 3–1 T–1st
1965 Washington University 7–2 3–1 2nd
1966 Washington University 7–2 4–0 1st
1967 Washington University 5–4–1 2–2 T–2nd
Washington University: 36–16–3 13–5
Kent State Golden Flashes (Mid-American Conference) (1968–1970)
1968 Kent State 1–9 1–5 6th
1969 Kent State 5–5 1–5 7th
1970 Kent State 3–7 1–4 T–5th
Kent State: 9–21 3–14
Total: 45–37–3
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


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