Sam Honaker
Biographical details
Born(1887-03-14)March 14, 1887
Tampa, Florida
DiedMarch 21, 1966(1966-03-21) (aged 79)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Alma materUniversity of Virginia
Playing career
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
All-Southern (1907)

Samuel William Honaker (March 14, 1887 – March 21, 1966) was an American football player and coach and consul general.

Early yearsEdit

Honaker was born in Tampa, Florida in 1887 but grew up in Plano, Texas. He spent two years at Bingham Preparatory School in Asheville, North Carolina and five at the University of Virginia.[1]

University of VirginiaEdit

He graduated from UVA in 1913.[2][3]


Honaker was a quarterback for the Virginia Cavaliers of the University of Virginia, remembered as one of its "great" ones;[4] "a diminutive quarterback who thrilled the crowds with his brilliant broken-field running."[5]


"A well known New York authority on sports" selected Honaker for his All-Southern team in 1907.[6] Walter Camp gave him honorable mention on his All-America teams.[7]


The Cavaliers won a Southern title in 1908.


Virginia won a share of another title in 1909. Honaker was captain of the '09 team. Kemper Yancey was a teammate.

Coaching careerEdit

He was the head college football coach for the University of Richmond Spiders located in Richmond, Virginia for the 1911 season. His career coaching record at Richmond was 0 wins, 6 losses, and 2 ties.[8]

Consul generalEdit

Honaker later joined the United States Foreign Service, serving as consul general in Istanbul, Turkey at one point.[9] He was also the consul general in Stuttgart, Germany in 1935.[10]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Richmond Spiders (Independent) (1911)
1911 Richmond 0–6–2
Richmond: 0–6–2
Total: 10–6–2
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. Register of the Department of State. October 21, 1915. p. 89.
  2. Register of the Department of State. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1922. p. 134.,+samuel+william%22&dq=%22Honaker,+samuel+william%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=u7q8UPi5Geq5ygGPvIDYDw&ved=0CC8Q6AEwADgK.
  3. Football at the University of Richmond, 1878-1948. 1949. p. 89.
  4. Alumni Association of the University of Virginia (1946). "Class of 1913". Virginia 35: 23.
  5. University of Virginia (1930). Corks and Curls. p. 309.
  6. "All-Southern Eleven". Charlotte Observer. December 16, 1907
  7. "Camp Selects Team". The Washington Herald: p. 8. December 27, 1907. Retrieved March 14, 2015. open access
  8. Richmond Coaching Records Script error
  9. Alumni Association of the University of Virginia (1966). "Deaths". Virginia 55: 52.,+'13)+(L/M)+of+Ft.+Lauderdale,+Fla.,+died+on+March+21.+He+was+a+****%22&dq=%22Samuel+W.+Honaker+(Grad,+'13)+(L/M)+of+Ft.+Lauderdale,+Fla.,+died+on+March+21.+He+was+a+****%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Urq8UKjdJo2ayQHOg4HIBA&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAA.
  10. Ascher, Abraham (2012). Was Hitler a Riddle?: Western Democracies and National Socialism. Stanford University Press. pp. 181.

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