Joseph Pipal
Pipal in the 1907 Dickinson football team photo
Sport(s)Football, basketball, track and field
Biographical details
Born(1874-01-18)January 18, 1874
Zachotín, Austria-Hungary
DiedAugust 10, 1955(1955-08-10) (aged 81)
Los Angeles, California
Coaching career (HC unless noted)


South Dakota
Oregon Agricultural

South Dakota
Head coaching record
Overall50–33–3 (football)
7–3 (basketball)
College Football Data Warehouse

Joseph Amos Pipal (January 18, 1874 – August 10, 1955) was an American football, basketball, and track and field coach. He served as the head football coach at Doane College (1902), Dickinson College (1907), the University of South Dakota (1910), Occidental College (1911–1915, 1921–1923), and Oregon Agricultural College, now Oregon State University, (1916–1917), compiling a career college football record of 50–33–3. Pipal was credited with devising lateral pass and mud cleats for football shoes[1] and in 1934 wrote a book titled The lateral pass technique and strategy.[2] He died on August 10, 1955 of a heart attack at his home in Los Angeles, California.[3]

Coaching careerEdit


Pipal was the seventh head football coach for the Dickinson College Red Devils in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and he held that position for the 1907 season.[4] His overall coaching record at Dickinson was 2–6–1. This ranks him 28th at Dickinson in terms of total wins and 26th at Dickinson in terms of winning percentage.[5]

South DakotaEdit

Pipal coached for one year at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota for the 1910 season,[6] the third coach on record at the school.[7] His record was 5–2.[8]

Oregon AgriculturalEdit

In 1916, Pipall took over as the head coach of Oregon Agricultural College, now called Oregon State University.[9] In his first season as the head coach, Pipall coached the team to a 4–5 record.[10] This season marked the first time Oregon State played the Nebraska Cornhuskers (on October 21 in Portland, Oregon) and the first road trip to Los Angeles, California to play the USC Trojans. OAC came up short against Nebraska, 17–7, but defeated the Trojans, 16–7.[11] Pipall's second season at OAC saw the team go 4–2–1, outscoring their opponents 83–33.[11]


  1. Sports Illustrated "A Roundup Of The Week's News" August 22, 1955
  2. [The Lateral Pass Technique and Strategy] by Joseph A. Pipal, 1934
  3. New York Times "JOSEPH PIPAL IS DEAD; Retired Track and Football Coach at Occidental Was 75" August 12, 1955
  4. Centennial Conference "2008 Centennial Conference Football Prospectus"
  6. USD Coyotes Football History
  7. College Football Data Warehouse "University of South Dakota Coachin Records"
  8. College Football Data Warehouse "1910 South Dakota Football Results
  9. OAC Barometer "Gridiron History Makes Colorful Backgrounds", Hal Erne, March 3, 1933
  10. College Football Reference"Oregon State University Football Records"
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Oregon State Football Media Guide". Retrieved 2008-01-07.[dead link]

External linksEdit

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