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James DeHart
File:James DeHart - Duke University.jpg
Biographical details
Born(1893-08-25)August 25, 1893
Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania[1]
DiedMarch 4, 1935(1935-03-04) (aged 41)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Playing career
Position(s)Quarterback (football)
Head coaching record
Overall51–50–6
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 SoCon (1923)

James DeHart (August 25, 1893 – March 4, 1935) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Washington and Lee University from 1922 to 1925 and again from 1931 to 1932 and at Duke University from 1926 to 1930, compiling a career college football record of 51–50–6. In 1935, he signed a contract to become the head coach at Southwestern University—now known as Rhodes College—in Memphis, Tennessee, but fell ill and died while relocating.[2] DeHart attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he played football for the Panthers from 1914 to 1916 and in 1918. Hailed as a "star", he played quarterback under head coach Pop Warner and led the 1916 team to an undefeated season.[3][4] He also earned letters in basketball, baseball, and track at Pittsburgh.[5] DeHart put his college education on hiatus to serve in the United States Army during World War I. As a lieutenant in the Aviation Section, he coached a service team at Mather Field.[5] He returned to Pittsburgh after his time in the Army. After graduation, he coached the backfield at the University of Georgia from 1920 to 1921.[5]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Washington and Lee Generals (Southern Conference) (1922–1925)
1922 Washington and Lee 5–3–1 1–2 T–12th
1923 Washington and Lee 6–2–1 4–0–1 T–1st
1924 Washington and Lee 6–3–1 4–1–1 5th
1925 Washington and Lee 5–5 5–1 4th
Duke Blue Devils (Independent) (1926–1927)
1926 Duke 3–6
1927 Duke 4–5
Duke Blue Devils (Southern Conference) (1928–1930)
1928 Duke 5–5 1–1 T–10th
1929 Duke 4–6 2–1 T–7th
1930 Duke 8–1–2 4–1–1 4th
Duke: 24–23–2 7–3–1
Washington and Lee Generals (Southern Conference) (1931–1932)
1931 Washington and Lee 4–5–1 2–3 14th
1932 Washington and Lee 1–9 1–4 T–18th
Washington and Lee: 27–27–4 17–11–2
Total: 51–50–6
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. [1]
  2. Jimmy DeHart Fights Battle, Herald-Journal, March 3, 1935.
  3. 2010 Pittsburgh Football Media Guide, p. 179, University of Pittsburgh, 2010.
  4. Plenty Sophs on Duke Squad Enliven Team, The Miami News, September 17, 1929.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Jimmy DeHart, Noted Grid Mentor, Passes, The Evening Independent, March 5, 1935.

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