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Amos Alonzo Stagg Listed Among ESPN’s 150 Greatest College Football Coaches

Amos Alonzo Stagg Listed Among ESPN’s 150 Greatest College Football Coaches

ESPN 150 Greatest Coaches

CHICAGO – University of Chicago legend Amos Alonzo Stagg was included on ESPN's list of 150 greatest college football coaches last week.

The list of 150 Greatest Coaches was released as part of ESPN's season-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of college football. The selections were made by a 150-member panel of media, administrators, former players and coaches.

Stagg came in at No. 14 on the list. He was a collegiate head football coach from 1890 through 1946 with tenures at Springfield College, UChicago and University of the Pacific. He was credited with the most college football wins in history before being passed by Paul "Bear" Bryant.

Stagg's most notable accomplishments occurred at UChicago, where he served 41 years as head football coach and director of the department of physical culture (1892-1932). The Maroons won more than 200 games under his leadership and were named national champions in both 1905 and 1913. As one of the founding members of the Western Conference (later renamed the Big Ten), UChicago won seven conference titles. Eight of Stagg's players earned Consensus All-American status.

He was also recognized for innovations he brought to the game, including the tackling dummy, the huddle, the reverse and man in motion plays, the lateral pass, uniform numbers and awarding varsity letters.

In addition to his football duties, Stagg coached track & field (32 years), baseball (19 years) and basketball (one year).

Stagg was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 as both a player and coach. The NCAA recognized his contributions by designating the Division III championship game as the Stagg Bowl.