Maurice J. "Clipper" Smith
|Born||October 15, 1898|
|Died||March 18, 1984 (aged 85)|
Laguna Beach, California
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||108–76–12 (college football, excluding Columbia)|
73–75 (college basketball)
4–11 (college baseball)
Maurice J. "Clipper" Smith (October 15, 1898 – March 18, 1984) was an American football player and coach of football, basketball, and baseball. He served as the head football coach at Gonzaga University (1925–1928), Santa Clara University (1929–1935), Villanova College—now known as Villanova University (1936–1942), the University of San Francisco (1946), and Lafayette College (1949–1951), compiling a career college football record of 108–76–12. Smith was also the head coach of the National Football League's Boston Yanks from 1947 to 1948, tallying a mark of 7–16–1. In addition, he was the head basketball coach at Gonzaga from 1925 to 1929 and the head baseball coach at the school for one season in 1926, notching a record of 4–11.
Head coaching record
|Gonzaga Bulldogs (Independent) (1925–1928)|
|Santa Clara Missionites / Broncos (Independent) (1929–1935)|
|1933||Santa Clara||6–2–1||W New Year's Classic|
|Villanova Wildcats (Independent) (1936–1942)|
|San Francisco Dons (Independent) (1946)|
|Lafayette Leopards (Middle Three Conference) (1949–1951)|
- "Clipper Smith works his outfit overtime". Spokane Daily Chronicle. October 28, 1925. p. 18.
- "Clipper Smith may change job". Spokane Daily Chronicle. May 18, 1929. p. 1.
- "Clipper Smith heading south". Spokane Daily Chronicle. May 30, 1929. p. 14.
- "Clipper Smith heads for Villanova; plays Santa Clara in fall". The Register-Guard. Eugene, Oregon. United Press. June 25, 1936. p. 10.
- Gonzaga Basketball History - Page 51 of 62[permanent dead link]