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Gil Dobie
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Sport Football
Born January 21, 1879(1879-01-21)
Place of birth Hastings, Minnesota
Died December 23, 1948 (aged 69)
Career highlights
Overall 179-45-15 (.780)
1921, 1922 NCAA Division I-A national championship
Playing career
1900-02 University of Minnesota
Position end and QB
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
North Dakota State
Boston College
College Football Hall of Fame, 1951

Gilmour "Gloomy Gil" Dobie (January 21, 1879–December 23, 1948) was an American football head coach. He was born in Hastings, Minnesota, U.S.



He coached at North Dakota State University, Washington, Navy, Cornell, and Boston College. Dobie achieved his greatest success at the University of Washington, where he had a remarkable 58-0-3 record. During his tenure, Washington had a 39 game winning streak, which is the second longest in NCAA Division I-A football history.[1] His coaching career at Washington also comprised virtually all of Washington's 63 game unbeaten streak — still a college football record.[2][3]

Dobie then became the 16th head college football coach for the United States Naval Academy Midshipmen located in Annapolis, Maryland and he held that position for three seasons, from 1917 until 1919. His coaching record at United States Naval Academy was 18 wins, 3 losses, and 0 ties. As of the conclusion of the 2007 seas on, this ranks him 14th at United States Naval Academy in total wins and first at United States Naval Academy in winning percentage (0.857). [4]

After coaching at Navy, Dobie won two national championships with Cornell, in 1921 and 1922. His overall coaching record was 179 wins, 45 losses, and 15 ties, a .780 percentage. Of the 33 years he coached, he had 14 undefeated seasons.

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 as a charter member.

Detailed results

School Years W L T Notes
North Dakota State 1906-07 7 0 0
Washington 1908-16 58 0 3 Undefeated 1908-16; unbeaten and untied 1909-1913 and 1915
39 game win streak (1908-14)
Navy 1917-19 17 3 0
Cornell 1920-35 82 36 7 1921-23 undefeated
Boston College 1936-38 16 6 5
Total 33 179 45 15 14 undefeated seasons
Sporting positions
Preceded by
A.L. Marshall
North Dakota State Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Paul Magoffin
Preceded by
Victor Place
Washington Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Claude Hunt
Preceded by
Jonas Ingram
Navy Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Bob Folwell
Preceded by
John Rush
Cornell Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Carl Snavely
Preceded by
Harry Downes
Boston College Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Frank Leahy


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