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Charles L. Thomas

Title Head coach
College Michigan
Sport Football
Career highlights
Overall 15-11
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Nebraska (AC)

Charles L. Thomas was an American football and coach. A native of Omaha, Nebraska,[1] Thomas enrolled at the University of Michigan where he played at the guard position for the Michigan Wolverines football teams of 1891 and 1892.[2] After graduating from Michigan in 1893, Thomas returned to Nebraska where he served as an assistant coach for the University of Nebraska Bugeaters under Frank Crawford in 1893 and 1894. In 1895, he took over as Nebraska's head football coach, posting a 6-3 record in his only season there. From 1901 to 1902, he served as the head football coach at Arkansas, where he compiled a 9-8 record. As a head coach, his overall record stands at 15-11.

Head Coaching Record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
1895 Nebraska 6-3 Western Inter-State University Football Association 1st
Nebraska Cornhuskers: 6-3
1901 Arkansas 3-5-0
1902 Arkansas 6-3-0
Arkansas Razorbacks: 9-8-1
Total: 15-11
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Coach Charles Thomas was originally hired as Nebraska's first assistant coach in 1892 under coach J. S. Williams.  [3] In 1893, the University of Nebraska hired Frank Crawford and kept Charles Thomas as the assistant coach. After Crawford left the program to go to Texas in 1894, Thomas became the head coach for the 1895 season. He remained the coach for one year and had a 6-3 record while winning a share of the Western Inter-State University Football Association title. Thomas took the Nebraska football team on its first long road trip with a game in Butte, Montana to play Butte's local athletic club.[4]


See also: Arkansas Razorbacks football, 1900-1909

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Frank Crawford
Nebraska Cornhuskers head football coach
Succeeded by
Edward N. Robinson


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