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George Little
Title Head Coach
Sport Football
Born May 27, 1889
Place of birth Leominster, Pennsylvania
Died February 23, 1957 (aged 67)
Place of death Middlesex, New Jersey
Career highlights
Overall 54–16–4
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
2 Ohio Athletic (1916, 1921)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1916, 1919–1921
Miami (OH)
College Football Hall of Fame, 1955 (Bio)

George E. Little (May 27, 1889 in Leominster, Pennsylvania – February 23, 1957) was an American football coach best known for serving as head coach for University of Cincinnati, Miami University, University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. George was a 1912 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University. He had a career record as a head coach of 54–16–4 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955. He was also the Athletic Director at Wisconsin and Rutgers University and was the Executive Secretary of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.


Head coaching career


University of Cincinnati

Little first head coach position was at the University of Cincinnati. He had an overall record of 10–8 including his only losing season a 4–5 record in 1915.

Miami University

Little was named Miami University's head coach for the 1916 season succeeding Chester J. Roberts. His first team went 7–0–1 and won the Ohio Athletic Conference. This team gave up 6 points (to the College of Wooster) with the only blemish being a 0–0 tie to Denison. Little tenure was interrupted to serve in the armed forces during World War I. He returned and led the Redskins a 7–1 record in 1919 and a 5–2–1 record in 1920. He once again won the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship in 1921 with a perfect 8–0 record. This team scored 238 points during the season and only gave up 13. His four years as Miami’s head coach he compiled an overall record of 27–3–2 including 21 games where the opponent did not score. He left Miami to become Fielding Yost’s top assistant at the University of Michigan.

University of Michigan

Little was the top assistant under Fielding Yost for two seasons at Michigan before being named head coach in 1924. That year, he compiled a record of 6–2. Little and the Wolverines shut out their opponents in five of the six victories. After that season, Little left to accept the Head Coach and Athletic Director position at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

University of Wisconsin–Madison

In his two years as the Badgers’ head coach he compiled an overall record of 11–3–2. Lytle’s most successful year at Wisconsin was in 1925 where he led the Badgers to a 6–1–1 record and a second place finish in the Big Ten Conference. His one loss in the conference was to his former employer the University of Michigan by a score of 21–0. The Wolverines were led by his mentor Fielding Yost.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl
Cincinnati Bearcats (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1914–1915)
1914 Cincinnati 6–3 3–2 T–3rd
1915 Cincinnati 4–5 3–3 T–7th
Cincinnati: 10–8 7–5
Miami Redskins (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1916–1921)
1916 Miami 7–0–1 6–0–1 1st
1919 Miami 7–1 7–1 (?) 4th
1920 Miami 5–2–1 3–2–1 8th
1921 Miami 8–0 7–0 1st
Miami: 27–3–2 23–3–2
Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten Conference) (1924)
1924 Michigan 6–2 4–2 4th
Michigan: 6–2 4–2
Wisconsin (Big Ten Conference) (1925–1926)
1925 Wisconsin 6–1–1 3–1–1 2nd
1926 Wisconsin 5–2–1 3–2–1 5th
Wisconsin: 11–3–2 6–3–2
Total: 54–16–4
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lowell Dana
University of Cincinnati Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Ion Cortright
Preceded by
Chester J. Roberts
George Rider
Miami University Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
George Rider
Harry W. Ewing
Preceded by
Fielding Yost
University of Michigan Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Fielding Yost
Preceded by
Jack Ryan
University of Wisconsin–Madison Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Glenn Thistlethwaite


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