|Sport(s)||Football, basketball, baseball, track, cross country|
|Born||December 24, 1890|
|Died||August 8, 1979 (aged 88)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
2 OAC (1917–1918)
George L. Rider (December 24, 1890 – August 8, 1979) was an American football, basketball, baseball, track and cross country coach and athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Hanover College from 1915 to 1916, at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio from 1917 to 1918, and at Washington University in St. Louis from 1920 to 1922, compiling a career college football record of 23–21–5. At Miami he also coached basketball from 1917 to 1919, baseball from 1918 to 1919, and track and cross country from 1924 to 1960. In addition he served as athletic director at Miami from 1924 to 1940. In 1959 Rider served as honorary president of the International Track and Field Coaches Association. He is a charter member of Miami University's Hall of Fame along with coaching legends including Walter Alston, Earl Blaik, Paul Brown, Weeb Ewbank, Ara Parseghian. and John Pont.
Rider became Miami University's head coach for the 1917 and 1918 seasons because George Little was serving in the armed forces during World War I. In his two years he never lost a game and won back to back Ohio Athletic Conference championships. His 1917 football team outscored its opponents 202–0. This team went 6–0–2 with the only blemishes being scoreless ties with both Kentucky and Wooster. Rider's second season was just as successful with his team going 5–0–1. However, games against Kentucky, Wooster, and Wittenberg were canceled due to the flu pandemic. Rider stepped down when George Little returned to Oxford from World War I.
Rider coached track and cross at Miami for 36 years, from 1924 to 1960. His track teams won nine Buckeye Conference titles and 10 consecutive Mid-American Conference championships. Also, his cross country teams captured nine Mid-American Conference Championships. In 1957, Rider was selected to the Helms Athletic Foundation Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame. Additionally, Miami's track is named in his honor for his contributions to the university athletic department.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Hanover Panthers (Independent) (1915–1916)|
|Miami Redskins (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1917–1918)|
|Washington University Bears (Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1920–1922)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
- ↑ "George Rider". The Blade. August 10, 1979. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Eg0wAAAAIBAJ&sjid=iAIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3859,5497499. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
- George Rider at the College Football Data Warehouse
- George Rider at College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com
- George Rider at Find a Grave