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Arthur K. Smith
Title Head Coach
Sport Football
Career highlights
Overall 1-5
Playing career
1901-02 Dartmouth
Position tackle, fullback and halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1904 Miami U.

Arthur K. Smith was an American football player and coach in the early 1900’s. He was a 1903 graduate of Dartmouth where he played football. In 1904 he served as head football coach of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.[1]


College Athlete

Smith lettered in football in 1901 and 1902 at Dartmouth under coach W. E. McCornack. Smith helped the 1901 Dartmouth eleven to a 9-1 with the only loss being to national power Harvard. This team was captained by John O'Connor and out scored its opponents by a combined score of 267 to 46. The 1902 team that included 3rd team Walter Camp All-American, Allen Farmer at end and future Miami University coach Amos Foster finished the season 6-2-1 record with losses to Amherst and Harvard.[2]

College Coach

1904 Miami University varsity football team coached by A. K. Smith

Smith was head football coach at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for the 1904 season and led them to a 1-5 record.[3] After a disappointing 1903 season the Board of Control of Athletics was looking to hire a coach that could offer “systematic training” of the team to hopefully lead to a more successful season.[4] In the spring the Board hired Smith who was doing some coaching at West Point in 1903.[1] Before the season the team elected C. M. Morphy as captain and the teams manager, J. Blickensderfer, had scheduled games versus Ohio State, Wittenberg, Franklin, Earlham, Indianapolis Medics, and DePauw. The Manager also had scheduled a game with Central University in Danville, Kentucky but that game was cancelled do to financial dispute from the baseball game from the spring.[1][4] Smith’s Miami team was out scored for the season by a combined score 283 to 12. All of the losses were shut out including 80 to 0 loss to Ohio State and a 68-0 loss to Wittenberg. The only game they scored was a 12 to 6 victory over the Hamilton Athletic Club in the second game of the season.[3]


College Football Coaching Record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Miami University (independent) (1904–1904)
1904 Miami 1-5
Miami: 1-5
Total: 1-5
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title


  1. ^ a b c "Football for 1904". The Miami Student XXIII (9): pp. 295. June 1904.  
  2. ^ "2007 Dartmouth Big Green Football Media Guide". Dartmouth College. Retrieved 2008-02-20.  
  3. ^ a b "Miami 2005 media guide". Retrieved 2008-02-20.  
  4. ^ a b "Football for 1904". The Miami Student XXIII (5): pp. 165. February 1904.  


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