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George “Tank” McLaren
Title Head coach
Sport Football
Born August 29, 1896
Died November 13, 1967
Career highlights
Overall 32-55-8
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Playing career
1915-1918 Pittsburgh
Position Fullback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Emporia State
College Football Hall of Fame, 1965 (Bio)

George W. "Tank" McLaren (August 29, 1896 - November 13, 1967) was an All-American football player in 1917 and 1918 at the University of Pittsburgh under legendary football coach Pop Warner. During his career he was never stopped for a loss on a running play. He was also a college football coach from 1919 to 1929 at several schools including the Arkansas.


Early life

McLaren grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvanian where attended and graduated from Peabody High School. He played football at Peabody as well as was completing on several other athletic teams including track, basketball and swimming teams.[1]

University of Pittsburgh

McLaren attended the University of Pittsburgh where he was considered one of the greatest all around athlete that Pitt ever produced.[1] In addition to being a football All-American, he was also a two-year member of the basketball and track teams.[2] McLaren played four varsity seasons as fullback at Pittsburgh from 1915-1918. While playing for the Panthers he only lost one game while winning thirty decisions. He was a member of the 1916 national titles under Coach Glenn "Pop" Warner. That year the Panthers beat several national powers while not giving up a single point. During the next two seasons McLaren won All-America honors. In 1917 season, McLaren helped the Panthers to a 10-0-0 record. That season he established single season school records when he scored 13 touchdowns and rushed for 782 yards including a then record 91-yard Touchdown against Syracuse University.

Pitt's undefeated 1917 team was known as "The Fighting Dentists" because on occasion every position was filled by dental students.[3] The dental students on the 1917 team included McLaren,[4] Katy Easterday,[5] Skip Gougler,[6] "Jake" Stahl.[7] and Jock Sutherland.[8]

In 1918, his senior season, he served as Captain of the Panther football team and was also president of his senior class.[9] He still ranks among the University of Pittsburgh all-time leaders in both scoring (183 points) and rushing (1,920 yards). One of McLaren's most noted achievements was that he was never stopped for a loss on a running play.[2]

College coach

McLaren was a college football coach from 1919 to 1929. In 1919 McLaren was named as head football coach at Emporia State University, then know as Kansas State Normal College, in Emporia, Kansas. He got the position based on a recommended by Pop Warner.[1] He became 11th head football coach for Emporia State and held that position for just the 1919 season. His overall coaching record at ESU was 1 wins, 5 losses, and 2 ties. This ranks him 20th at ESU in terms of total wins and 19th at ESU in terms of winning percentage.[10] He next served as the head football coach at Arkansas, where he compiled an 8-5-3 record.[11] As Arkansas head football coach McLaren personally very popular coach but was let go because number of wins did not meet expectations.[12] From 1922 to 1926, he coached at Cincinnati, where he compiled a 16-26-3 record. From 1927 to 1929, he coached at Wyoming, where he compiled a 7-19 record.[11] His overall record as a head coach is 32-55-8.

After coaching

After his coaching career, McLaren worked in the industrial relations division of a company in Baltimore, Maryland. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame in 1965.[9]

External links


  1. ^ a b c "GET McLAREN AS COACH.; Panthers' Great Full Back Engaged by Kansas State.", New York Times Section: Sports: 16, May 2, 1919,  
  2. ^ a b "Pitt Football's All-Time First Team All-Americans". University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department. Retrieved 2008-07-20.  
  3. ^ "50th Anniversary: Last Unbeaten Pitt Team, 1917 'Fighting Dentists', Will Be Honored Saturday". Daily Courier. 1967-11-02.  
  4. ^ "PITT CRACK ATHLETES SECURE COACHING JOBS". Altoona Mirror. 1919-04-30.   (McLaren "graduates from the university dental school in June.")
  5. ^ "All-American Gridder: Former Wildcat Mentor Retires". LEADER.TIMES, KITTANNING, PA. 1959-07-06.   (Easterday graduated from Pitt in 1919 with a degree in dentistry.)
  6. ^ "‘SKIP’ GOUGLER NEW COACH IS TRAINING BACKFIELD PLAYER". The Lafayette Weekly. 1921-10-05.   (Gougler completed his education in dentistry at Pitt in 1920.)
  7. ^ "Dr. Stahl was dentist in Hampton". North Hills News Record. 1966-10-12.  
  8. ^ "Jimmy Phelan to Fulfill Promise Of Coaching Job". Nevada State Journal. 1936-12-22.  
  9. ^ a b "Hall of Famers: George "Tank" McLaren". National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-07-20.  
  10. ^ "2007 Emporia State University Hornets Football Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-05-22.  
  11. ^ a b "George W. McLaren". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2008-05-22.  
  12. ^ Henry, Orville (1996). The Razorbacks: A Story of Arkansas Football. University of Arkansas Press. p. 36. ISBN 1557284296.  


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