Victor M. Place
Biographical details
Born(1876-11-26)November 26, 1876
New Salem, Massachusetts
DiedJune 16, 1923(1923-06-16) (aged 46)
Brookings, Oregon
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Notre Dame
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse

Victor Morton Place (November 26, 1876 – June 16, 1923) was an American football player, coach, and lawyer. He played college football at Dartmouth College from 1900 to 1902, serving at the team captain in 1902.[citation needed] He served as the head football coach at the University of Washington from 1906 to 1907 and at the University of Notre Dame in 1908, compiling a career record of 16–6–6.[1] His single loss as Notre Dame's head coach was at an away game against the Michigan Wolverines, a significant football rival since 1887.[2]

The following is a description of the 1909 Notre Dame team from Michael Steele's The Fighting Irish Football Encyclopedia:

"Victor Place [Notre Dame's coach in 1908] was replaced by Frank Longman, a former fullback for Yost from 1903 to 1905. He had coached at Arkansas and Wooster; at Wooster he had beaten Ohio State, the first time in 18 tries for the small school. In picking Longman, Notre Dame signalled [sic] the end of the domination of eastern personnel and methods."

Place died at Brookings, Oregon in a logging accident in 1923.[3]

Early life and educationEdit

Place was born on November 26, 1876 in New Salem, Massachusetts. He earned an LLB from Harvard Law School in 1906.[4]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Washington (Independent) (1906–1907)
1906 Washington 4–1–4
1907 Washington 4–4–2
Washington: 8–5–6
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Independent) (1908)
1908 Notre Dame 8–1
Notre Dame: 8–1
Total: 16–6–6


  1. "Victor M. Place Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2007-12-01.
  2. Murray Sperber. Shake Down the Thunder: the Creation of Notre Dame Football. p. 29. ISBN 0-253-21568-4. "For 1908, Victor M. Place came from Dartmouth and directed the team to an 8–1 record (the only loss was at Michigan), but he left after the season."
  3. "FOOTBALL STAR KILLED", Oneonta Daily Star, Wednesday, June 20, 1923, Oneonta, New York, United States Of America
  4. Emerson, Charles Franklin (1911). General Catalogue of Dartmouth College and the Associated Schools 1769-1910. Concord, New Hampshire: Rumford Press. p. 418. Retrieved October 31, 2011.

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