For the Olympic sailor, see Walter Riggs (sailor).
Walter Riggs
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Biographical details
Born(1873-01-24)January 24, 1873
Orangeburg, South Carolina
DiedJanuary 22, 1924(1924-01-22) (aged 50)
Washington, D.C.
Playing career
Head coaching record

Walter Merritt Riggs (January 24, 1873 – January 22, 1924)[1] was the president of Clemson University from 1910 to 1924 and the "father of Clemson football" coaching the first football team for what was then Clemson College. Riggs graduated from the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama (now Auburn University) with a Bachelor of Science in engineering in 1892 and was a member of Auburn's first football team. He was also president of his class, director of the glee club, and a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity while at Auburn. Riggs was the second president of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, taking over for William Lofland Dudley in 1912.

Riggs Hall, which is the home of Clemson's College of Engineering and Science, is named in his honor.[2]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Clemson Tigers (Independent) (1896)
1896 Clemson 2–1
Clemson Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1899)
1899 Clemson 4–2 2–2 9th
Clemson: 6–3 2–2
Total: 6–3
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. "Biographical Note". Walter M. Riggs Presidential Records. Clemson University Libraries Special Collections. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  2. "Riggs Hall". Clemson Campus Album. Clemson University Libraries. Retrieved August 22, 2011.

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