Jake Stahl
Position:Guard, tackle
Personal information
Born:(1891-01-16)January 16, 1891
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Died:October 8, 1966(1966-10-08) (aged 75)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Greensburg, Salem (Greensburg, Pennsylvania)
Bellefonte Academy (Bellefonte, Pennsylvania)
Career history
As player:
* Cleveland Tigers (1920–1921)
As coach:
* Duquesne (1920–1921) (head coach)
Career highlights and awards
* All-American selection (1918)

Edward Adam "Jake" Stahl (January 16, 1891 – October 8, 1966) was an American football player and coach. He played guard and tackle positions for the Pittsburgh Panthers football teams from 1915 to 1918. He was selected as a second-team All-American in 1918. He also played professional football from 1920 to 1921. Stahl served as the had football coach at Duquesne University from 1920 to 1921, compiling a record of 3–7–2.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Stahl was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He played high school football in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and at Bellefonte Academy in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.[1][2]

Stahl enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh, where he played four years of football under coach Pop Warner. Stahl was a member of the Pittsburgh Panthers football teams from 1915 to 1918. During Stahl's time at Pitt, the Panthers were undefeated and ran up a 33-game winning streak before losing to Syracuse by a score of 24–3 in 1919.[3]

Pitt's undefeated 1917 team was known as "The Fighting Dentists" because on occasion every position was filled by dental students.[4] The dental students on the 1917 team included Stahl,[5] Katy Easterday,[6] Skip Gougler,[7] "Tank" McLaren,[8] and Jock Sutherland.[9]

In 1918, Stahl was selected as a second-team All-American by Walter Camp and Robert "Tiny" Maxwell.[10][11]

After graduating from Pitt, Stahl played professional football for the Cleveland Tigers (1920–1921) and the Dayton Triangles (1921) of the American Professional Football Association (APFA)—now known as the National Football League (NFL).[2]

After retiring as a player, Stahl became the head football coach at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. In 1922, The New York Times reported that Stahl "has had charge of the Duquesne University teams here for the last two seasons with satisfactory results."[12] Stahl's Duquesne Dukes teams compiled records of 3–3–1 in 1920 and 0–4–1 in 1921.[13]

After retiring from coaching, Stahl practiced dentistry in Hampton, Pennsylvania.[5] He also officiated at high school and college football games for 40 years and was a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Football Officials Association.[5] Stahl was also a member or the Elks and the Butler Country Club.[5]

Stahl died in October 1966 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.[5][14] He was survived by two brothers and was buried at St. Mary Cemetery in Hampton, Pennsylvania.[5][14]

Head coaching record[edit | edit source]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Duquesne Dukes (Independent) (1920–1921)
1920 Duquesne 3–3–1
1921 Duquesne 0–4–1
Duquesne: 3–7–2
Total: 3–7–2
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Pittsburgh’s Football Practice" (PDF). The New York Times. September 12, 1915. https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1915/09/12/104233699.pdf.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Ed Stahl". databasefootball.com. Archived from the original on November 23, 201. https://web.archive.org/web/20111123005836/http://databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=STAHLED01.
  3. "Along With Others of 1917 Team... Former Kittanning Coach Among Pitt Honor Guests". Leader-Times. November 3, 1967.
  4. "50th Anniversary: Last Unbeaten Pitt Team, 1917 'Fighting Dentists', Will Be Honored Saturday". Daily Courier. November 2, 1967.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 "Dr. Stahl was dentist in Hampton". North Hills News Record. October 12, 1966.
  6. "All-American Gridder: Former Wildcat Mentor Retires". Kittaning, Pa.: Leader Times. July 6, 1959. (Easterday graduated from Pitt in 1919 with a degree in dentistry.)
  7. "'Skip' Gougler – New Coach Is Training Backfield Player". The Lafayette Weekly. October 5, 1921. (Gougler completed his education in dentistry at Pitt in 1920.)
  8. "Pitt Crack Athletes Secure Coaching Jobs". Altoona Mirror. April 30, 1919. (McLaren "graduates from the university dental school in June.")
  9. "Jimmy Phelan to Fulfill Promise Of Coaching Job". Nevada State Journal. December 22, 1936.
  10. "Camp's All American: Football Dean Names Three Teams from Last Season's Records" (PDF). The New York Times. December 31, 1918. https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1918/12/31/97058136.pdf.
  11. Robert W. Maxwell (December 19, 1918). "Alexander and Ackley Placed on First All-American Team by Bob Maxwell". Syracuse Herald.
  12. "Stahl May Coach Purdue: Duquesne Football Head Suggested as Deitz's Successor" (PDF). The New York Times. February 7, 1922. https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1922/02/07/98980655.pdf.
  13. "Duquesne University Football History". Duquesne Athletics. http://www.goduquesne.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/091402aac.html.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "E. A. Stahl, Dentist, 75". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. October 11, 1966. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/17176982/e_a_stahl_dentist_75/.

External links[edit | edit source]

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