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Charlie Bachman
Sport Football
Born December 1, 1892(1892-12-01)
Place of birth Chicago, Illinois
Died December 14, 1985 (aged 93)
Place of death Port Charlotte, Florida
Career highlights
Overall 137–82–24 (.613)
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Playing career
University of Notre Dame
Great Lakes Naval Station
Position Guard, Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Northwestern University
Kansas State University
University of Florida
Michigan State University
Hillsdale College
College Football Hall of Fame, 1978 (Bio)

Charles William "Charlie" Bachman, Jr. (December 1, 1892 – December 14, 1985) was an All-American college football player and Hall of Fame coach.[1] At different times, Bachman served as the head football coach of Northwestern University, Kansas State College, the University of Florida and Michigan State University.


Early life and education

Charlie Bachman was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1892.[1] He received his high school education at Inglewood High School in Chicago, where he was standout athlete in football and track and field.[2] Bachman attended the University of Notre Dame from 1914 to 1916, and played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team alongside Knute Rockne.[1] He was named an All-American at guard in 1916, making Walter Camp's second team. Bachman briefly held the world record in the discus throw during the spring of 1917,[2] and spent the 1917 fall season helping to coach the football team at DePauw University. In 1918—eligibility requirements being a bit looser in those days—Bachman returned to the field, playing center for the legendary team at Great Lakes Naval Station.[1] The Great Lakes team posted a 7–0–2 record; it beat Navy, Illinois and Purdue, tied Bachman's former Notre Dame team, and defeated Mare Island Marine Base in the Rose Bowl.[1] His Great Lakes teammates included Paddy Driscoll and George Halas.[1]

Coaching career

In 1919, at age 26, Bachman began his head coaching career at Northwestern University. Bachman brought a number of former players returning from World War I military service to Northwestern, but his team posted a disappointing 2–5 record.[3] He moved on to Kansas State University following this season, and the losing record proved to be an aberration; from 1920 to 1927, Bachman posted a record of 33–23–9 at Kansas State.[3] In 1924, Bachman's K-State team beat the University of Kansas for the first time in eighteen years. Bachman coached Kansas State's first All-American, and under his leadership the school also permanently returned to its former nickname of Wildcats and began using a live bobcat as a mascot.

Bachman accepted the heading coaching position at the University of Florida in 1928, where he posted an 8–1 record his first season,[3] the best in school history up to that time. He coached the Gators for five seasons, posting an overall record of 27–18–3.[3] While at Florida, he coached the Gators' first All-American, Hall of Fame end Dale Van Sickel.

Bachman left Florida to become the head football coach of Michigan State University, coaching from 1933 to 1942 and from 1944 to 1946.[3] Similar to the situation he inherited at Kansas State, Michigan State had not beaten the University of Michigan for eighteen years (1916–1933), but under Bachman, Michigan State defeated Michigan four consecutive seasons (1934–1937).[2] Bachman's overall record at Michigan State was 70–34–10.[3] His Spartan teams were also notable because he outfitted them in gold and black uniforms instead of the official school colors of green and white.

Bachman was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1978.[1] He died in Port Charlotte, Florida in 1985; he was 93 years old.[4] Bachman was survived by his wife Grace and their three sons,[4] including noted software engineer Charles W. Bachman.

Record as head football coach

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Northwestern Wildcats (Big Ten Conference) (1919–1919)
1919 Northwestern 2–5 1–4 7th-Tie
Northwestern: 2–5 1–4
Kansas State Wildcats (Missouri Valley Conference) (1920–1927)
1920 Kansas State 3–3–3 0–3–1 8th
1921 Kansas State 5–3 4–2 2nd-Tie
1922 Kansas State 5–1–2 3–1–2 3rd
1923 Kansas State 4–2–2 2–2–2 5th
1924 Kansas State 3–4–1 1–4–1 8th
1925 Kansas State 5–2–1 3–2–1 3rd-Tie
1926 Kansas State 5–3 2–2 6th-Tie
1927 Kansas State 3–5 2–4 8th
Kansas State: 33–23–9 17–20–7
Florida Gators (Southern Conference) (1928–1932)
1928 Florida 8–1 6–1 3rd
1929 Florida 8–2 6–1 4th
1930 Florida 6–3–1 4–2–1 7th
1931 Florida 2–6–2 2–4–2 15th
1932 Florida 3–6 1–6 20th
Florida: 27–18–3 19–14–3[5]
Michigan State Spartans (Independent) (1933–1946)
1933 Michigan State 4–2–2
1934 Michigan State 8–1
1935 Michigan State 6–2
1936 Michigan State 6–1–2
1936 Michigan State 8–2 L 0–6 Orange
1938 Michigan State 6–3
1939 Michigan State 4–4–1
1940 Michigan State 3–4–1
1941 Michigan State 5–3–1
1942 Michigan State 4–3–2
1944 Michigan State 6–1
1945 Michigan State 5–3–1
1946 Michigan State 5–5
Michigan State: 70–34–10
Hillsdale Chargers () (1953–1953)
1953 Hillsdale 5–2–2
Hillsdale: 5–2–2
Total: 137–82–24[1]
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h College Football Hall of Fame, Hall of Famers, Charlie Bachman Member Biography. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Jack D. Seibold, The Spartan Sports Encyclopedia, Charles W. Bachman (1933–1946), Sports Publishing, L.L.C., pp. 941–942 (2003). Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f College Football Data Warehouse, All-Time Coaching Records, Charles W. Bachman Records by Year. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Charles W. Bachman," The New York Times (December 16, 1985). Retrieved March 12, 2010.
  5. ^ 2009 Southern Conference Football Media Guide, Year-by-Year Standings, pp. 74–77 (2009). Retrieved March 16, 2010.


  • Pleasants, Julian M., Gator Tales: An Oral History of the University of Florida, University of Florida, Gainesvile, Florida (2006). ISBN 0-8130-3054-4.
  • Proctor, Samuel, & Wright Langley, Gator History: A Pictorial History of the University of Florida, South Star Publishing Company, Gainesville, Florida (1986). ISBN 0-938637-00-2.
  • Seibold, Jack D., The Spartan Sports Encyclopedia, Charles W. Bachman (1933–1946), Sports Publishing, L.L.C. (2003). ISBN 1-58261-219-6.
  • Van Ness, Carl, & Kevin McCarthy, Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future: The University of Florida, 1853–2003, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (2003).

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Harold Sebring
University of Florida Head Football Coach
1928 – 1932
Succeeded by
Dennis K. Stanley


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