Chuck Taylor (American football)

Chuck Taylor
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1920-01-24)January 24, 1920
Portland, Oregon
Died May 7, 1994(1994-05-07) (aged 74)
Stanford, California
Playing career
1940–1942 Stanford
1946 Miami Seahawks
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1948 Stanford (freshmen)
1949–1950 San Francisco 49ers (assistant)
1951–1957 Stanford
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1963–1971 Stanford
Head coaching record
Overall 40–29–2
Bowls 0–1
Accomplishments and honors
1 PCC (1951)
All-American, 1942
AFCA Coach of the Year (1951)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1984 (profile)

Charles Albert Taylor (January 24, 1920 – May 7, 1994) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He played college football at Stanford University from 1940 to 1942, returned as head football coach from 1951 to 1957, and served as the school's athletic director from 1963 to 1971. During his coaching tenure at Stanford, Taylor compiled a 40–29–2 record and led the Indians to the 1952 Rose Bowl his first season. That same season, at the age of 31, Taylor was named AFCA Coach of the Year, the youngest recipient of the award ever.[1]

As a sophomore, Taylor was one of the "Wow Boys" on the undefeated 1940 Stanford Indians football team and played in Stanford's 1941 Rose Bowl victory over Nebraska.[1][2] As a senior in 1942, he was an All-American guard.[1][2]

By coaching his team to the 1952 Rose Bowl, Taylor became the second person to have participated in the Rose Bowl Game both as a player and a head coach. The first was Wallace Wade who played for Brown in the 1916 bowl game and coached Alabama in 1926,1927 and 1931. Wade also coached Duke University in the Rose Bowl (1939 and 1941). Only six other men have accomplished this feat since Taylor.[3]

After leaving coaching in 1957, Taylor returned to Stanford in 1963 as athletic director, where he served until 1971, when Stanford played in the 1971 Rose Bowl, giving him the distinction of being only one of two men who has participated in a Rose Bowl Game as a player, coach, and athletic director.[1][2] The other man is Jess Hill of USC, who played in the 1930 Rose Bowl, coached in the 1953 and 1955 Rose Bowls, and was athletic director for the 1963, 1967, 1968, 1969, and 1970 Rose Bowls.

For many years Taylor and his wife also directed a camp for young people in the coastal range of Northern California near Santa Cruz, called Mountain Camp, where hundreds of young people enjoyed two-week sessions with unlimited recreation and character-building activities.[1]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Stanford Indians (Pacific Coast Conference) (1951–1957)
1951 Stanford 9–26–11stL Rose77
1952 Stanford 5–52–5T–6th
1953 Stanford 6–3–15–1–12nd1719
1954 Stanford 4–62–46th
1955 Stanford 6–3–13–2–13rd2016
1956 Stanford 4–63–46th
1957 Stanford 6–44–35th
Stanford: 40–29–225–20–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


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