Dr. Garfield W. Weede
Weede, suited up for football at the University of Pennsylvania
Biographical details
BornNovember 26, 1880
Burlington, Iowa
DiedNovember 21, 1971(1971-11-21) (aged 90)
Wichita, Kansas
Playing career
Position(s)End, placekicker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Cooper</ref>Pittsburg State
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
Walter Camp All-American Team, 1904
NAIA Track and Field Hall of Fame

Garfield Wilson Weede (November 26, 1880 – November 21, 1971) was a college football, track & field coach and athletic director in the United States. He was one of the first college coaches to "break the color line" and allow racial integration among his players.[1]

Playing careerEdit

Garfield Weede played football at the University of Pennsylvania as an end and placekicker. He was severely injured in a game on October 1905.[2] Under head coach Carl Sheldon Williams, the team was undefeated in 1904 with a record of 12-0-0 and has since retroactively been declared "National Champions" for that year.[3]

Coaching careerEdit


Weede was the tenth head football coach for Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He held the position for three seasons, from 1906 until 1908, and followed legendary John H. Outland. Weede's coaching record at Washburn was 20 wins, 6 losses, and 4 ties. As of the conclusion of the 2007 season, this ranks him eighth at Washburn in terms of total wins and ninth at Washburn in terms of winning percentage.[4] Football legend Walter Camp called him a "familiar winner" in one of his reviews of the program[5] and his 1907 team finished the season undefeated and untied with victories of Kansas State, Kansas, and Oklahoma.[6]


Weede next became the head football coach for the Sterling Warriors (called "Cooper College" at the time) located in Sterling, Kansas.[7] He held that position for 9 seasons, from 1910 until 1918. His coaching record at Sterling was 34 wins, 30 losses and 4 ties. As of the conclusion of the 2012 season, this ranks him #3 at Sterling in total wins and #9 at the school in winning percentage (.529).[8]

Pittsburg StateEdit

In 1919, "Doc" Weede was hired as coach of all sports and director of athletics at Pittsburg Manual Training Normal in Pittsburg, Kansas. He coached the football team to a 50-31-6 record from 1919 to 1928 including the school's first undefeated team in 1924. That year, his team was declared Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference champions.[9]

Doc Weede ended his football coaching career on a downturn, losing every game of his final season of 1928. His squad only scored in two of seven games and allowed a total of 113 points.[10]


Weede was inducted in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1961.[11] Although he spent most of his time and efforts in college athletics, he also was a dentist, having earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Pennsylvania in 1906.[12]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Washburn Ichabods (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1906–1908)
1906 Washburn 8-1-3
1907 Washburn 11-0
1908 Washburn 4-5-1
Washburn University Ichabods: 23-6-4
Sterling College (Kansas) (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1910–1918)
1910 Sterling (KS) 0–2–1
1911 Sterling (KS) 0–3
1912 Sterling (KS) 0–3
1913 Sterling (KS) 2–1
1914 Sterling (KS) 4–4
1915 Sterling (KS) 7–1–1
1916 Sterling (KS) 6–3
1917 Sterling (KS) 2–5–1
1918 Sterling (KS) 0–3
Sterling (KS): 21–25–3
Pittsburg State Gorillas (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1919–1928)
1919 Pittsburg State 7-2-1
1920 Pittsburg State 6-3-1
1921 Pittsburg State 7-2-1
1922 Pittsburg State 4-5
1923 Pittsburg State 3-3-2
1924 Pittsburg State 7-0-1
1925 Pittsburg State 6-2-1
1926 Pittsburg State 2-6
1927 Pittsburg State 6-2
1928 Pittsburg State 0-7
Pittsburg State: 48-32-7
Total: 91-62-13
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. Pittsburg State University Collegian "He believed in complete equality" by Monica Hart, February 25, 2010
  2. New York Times "PENNA., 16; GETTYSBURG, 6." October 5, 1905
  3. College Football Data Warehouse 1904 Penn Football Results
  4. Washburn University football history
  5. The Official National Collegiate Athletic Association football guide "The official rules book and record book of college football" (edited by Walter Camp) Can Sports Publishing Company, 1922
  6. College Football in Kansas by Harold C. Evans, 1940
  7. "Football Media Guide". Sterling Warriors. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  8. DeLassus, David. "Sterling College Recods By Year (incomplete data)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  9. College Football Data Warehouse Pittsburg State University 1924 results
  10. College Football Data Warehouse Pittsburg State University 1928 results
  11. Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Garfield Weede
  12. General alumni catalogue of the University of Pennsylvania, 1922 By University of Pennsylvania. General Alumni Society, p717
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