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Pete Cawthon, c. 1930s
|Sport(s)||Baseball, basketball, Football|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Beaumont High School|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
Cawthon graduated from Houston Central High School in 1917 and went on to attend Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. He lettered in baseball, football, and basketball during his freshman year. When the baseball coach left to fight in World War I, Cawthon took over the position. Cawthon earned four letters his sophomore year and was selected as an All-State halfback.
In 1919, Cawthon took his first regular coaching job at Beaumont High School before becoming the baseball and basketball coach at Rice Institute (now Rice University) in 1920. The following year, he moved on to coach at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, where he established the Cawthon Trophy, given annually to an outstanding individual at the school on the basis of athletic participation, leadership, and sportsmanship.
In 1930, he was hired by Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University). By 1932, the Matadors (now the Red Raiders) became the highest-scoring team in the nation. He coached at the school through the 1940 season. During his tenure, he compiled a record of 76–32–6. Cawthon was a line coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 1942 season. From 1943-1944, Cawthon coached in the National Football League for the Brooklyn Dodgers-Tigers. He posted a 2-18 record during his time in the NFL. From 1952 to 1953, Cawthon served as athletic director at the University of Alabama.
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