Maurice J. "Clipper" Smith

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Maurice J. "Clipper" Smith
Biographical details
Born(1898-10-15)October 15, 1898
Manteno, Illinois
DiedMarch 18, 1984(1984-03-18) (aged 85)
Laguna Beach, California
Playing career
Football
1917–1920Notre Dame
Position(s)Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1921–1924Columbia (OR)
1925–1928Gonzaga
1929–1935Santa Clara
1936–1942Villanova
1946San Francisco
1947–1948Boston Yanks
1949–1951Lafayette
Basketball
1922–1924Columbia (OR)
1925–1929Gonzaga
Baseball
1926Gonzaga
Head coaching record
Overall108–76–12 (college football, excluding Columbia)
7–16–1 (NFL)
73–75 (college basketball)
4–11 (college baseball)
Bowls1–0–1

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),[1][2][3] Santa Clara University (1929–1935),[4] 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.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

College football[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
Gonzaga Bulldogs (Independent) (1925–1928)
1925 Gonzaga 7–2–2
1926 Gonzaga 5–2–1
1927 Gonzaga 5–3–1
1928 Gonzaga 6–2–1
Gonzaga: 23–9–5
Santa Clara Missionites / Broncos (Independent) (1929–1935)
1929 Santa Clara 5–3
1930 Santa Clara 5–3–1
1931 Santa Clara 5–4–1
1932 Santa Clara 6–3
1933 Santa Clara 6–2–1 W New Year's Classic
1934 Santa Clara 7–2–1
1935 Santa Clara 3–6
Santa Clara: 37–23–4
Villanova Wildcats (Independent) (1936–1942)
1936 Villanova 7–2–1
1937 Villanova 8–0–1 T Bacardi 6
1938 Villanova 8–0–1 18
1939 Villanova 6–2
1940 Villanova 4–5
1941 Villanova 4–4
1942 Villanova 4–4
Villanova: 41–17–3
San Francisco Dons (Independent) (1946)
1946 San Francisco 3–6
San Francisco: 3–6
Lafayette Leopards (Middle Three Conference) (1949–1951)
1949 Lafayette 2–6 1–1 2nd
1950 Lafayette 1–8 0–2 3rd
1951 Lafayette 1–7 0–2 3rd
Lafayette: 4–21 1–5
Total: 108–76–12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clipper Smith works his outfit overtime". Spokane Daily Chronicle. October 28, 1925. p. 18.
  2. ^ "Clipper Smith may change job". Spokane Daily Chronicle. May 18, 1929. p. 1.
  3. ^ "Clipper Smith heading south". Spokane Daily Chronicle. May 30, 1929. p. 14.
  4. ^ "Clipper Smith heads for Villanova; plays Santa Clara in fall". The Register-Guard. Eugene, Oregon. United Press. June 25, 1936. p. 10.
  5. ^ Gonzaga Basketball History - Page 51 of 62[permanent dead link]