Maurice J. "Clipper" Smith
Sport(s)Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born(1898-10-15)October 15, 1898
Manteno, Illinois
DiedMarch 18, 1984(1984-03-18) (aged 85)
Laguna Beach, California
Playing career
1917–1920Notre Dame
Position(s)Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1925–1928
1929–1935
1936–1942
1946
1947–1948
1949–1951

Basketball
1926–1931

Gonzaga
Santa Clara
Villanova
San Francisco
Boston Yanks
Lafayette


Gonzaga
Head coaching record
Overall109–75–12 (college football)
7–16–1 (NFL)
46–59 (college basketball)
Bowls1–0–1
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

Maurice J. "Clipper" Smith (October 15, 1898 – March 18, 1984) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Gonzaga University (1925–1928), Santa Clara University (1929–1935), Villanova University (1936–1942), the University of San Francisco (1946), and Lafayette College (1949–1951), compiling a career college football record of 109–75–12. Smith was also the head coach of the NFL's Boston Yanks from 1947 to 1948, tallying a mark of 7–16–1.

Smith was also the head coach for the Gonzaga men's basketball team from the 1926–27 to 1930–31 seasons. While there, he acquired a record of 46–59 (.780).[1]

Head coaching record[edit | edit source]

College football[edit | edit source]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
Gonzaga Bulldogs (Independent) (1925–1928)
1925 Gonzaga 7–2–2
1926 Gonzaga 5–2–1
1927 Gonzaga 5–3–1
1928 Gonzaga 6–2–1
Santa Clara Broncos (Independent) (1929–1935)
1929 Santa Clara 6–2
1930 Santa Clara 5–3–1
1931 Santa Clara 5–4–1
1932 Santa Clara 6–3
1933 Santa Clara 6–2–1 W New Year's Classic
1934 Santa Clara 7–2–1
1935 Santa Clara 3–6
Villanova Wildcats (Independent) (1936–1942)
1936 Villanova 7–2–1
1937 Villanova 8–0–1 T Bacardi 6
1938 Villanova 8–0–1 18
1939 Villanova 6–2
1940 Villanova 4–5
1941 Villanova 4–4
1942 Villanova 4–4
San Francisco Dons (Independent) (1946)
1946 San Francisco 3–6
Lafayette Leopards (Middle Three Conference) (1949–1951)
1949 Lafayette 2–6
1950 Lafayette 1–8
1951 Lafayette 1–7
Total: 109–75–12
#Rankings from final AP Poll.

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