American Football Database
James Whipple
Biographical details
Born(1873-10-19)October 19, 1873
Decota, Alameda County, California
DiedNovember 7, 1914(1914-11-07) (aged 41)
Niles, Alameda County, California
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley (1900)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record
Overall18–3–2 (.826)
College Football Data Warehouse

James Ray Whipple (October 19, 1873 – November 7, 1914) was an American football coach in the United States.

Playing career

Whipple attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated in the class of 1900.[1] He also played on the football team, captaining the team in 1899. During that season, Whipple was banned from playing a match held on Thanksgiving Day due to his academic deficiencies.[2] Whipple however defied the order and participated in the match anyways, and was suspended on December 9, 1899 until January of the New Year.[3]

Coaching career


Coach Whipple was the head coach of the California college football program from 1902-1903.[4]


After his work at California, Coach Whipple was the head coach for the Hillsdale Chargers located in Hillsdale, Michigan. He held that position for the 1907 season. His coaching record at Hillsdale was 4 wins and 2 losses. As of the conclusion of the 2009 season, this ranks him #18 at Hillsdale in total wins and #7 at the school in winning percentage (.667).[5]

Personal life

On May 19, 1898, Whipple married Laura M. Thane.[6] He later worked in the mining profession in Alaska following his graduation from university. He died on November 7, 1914.[7]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
1902 California 8-0-0
1903 California 6-1-2
Total: 14-1-2
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.


  1. [1]
  2. "California's Captain Disbarred.". The San Francisco Chronicle: p. 8. November 16, 1899. Retrieved August 21, 2014. open access
  3. "Whipple Gets Off Lightly". The San Francisco Chronicle: p. 11. December 9, 1899. Retrieved August 21, 2014. open access
  4. "James R. Whipple Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2007-12-01.
  5. "Hillsdale Chargers 2010 Media Guide". Hillsdale College. Retrieved November 6, 2010.
  6. "Whipple--Thane". Oakland Tribune: p. 6. May 21, 1898. Retrieved August 21, 2014. open access
  7. [2]