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James C. Donnelly
Title Head Coach
Sport Football
Career highlights
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Playing career
1904 Dartmouth
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Howard College
Miami U.

James C. Donnelly was an American football player and coach in the early 1900’s. He was a 1905 graduate of Dartmouth where he played football. After graduation he practice law and served as head football coach several schools including Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

College athlete

Donnelly played football for fours year at Dartmouth. In 1904, his final year, he lettered under coach Fred Folsom. That year he helped the Dartmouth eleven to an undefeated record of 9-0-1 with a scoreless tie to national power Harvard. Donnelly played along side three Walter Camp All-American, Joseph Gilman at guard (2nd team), Ralph Glaze at end (3rd team) and James Vaughn at halfback (3rd team). The team out scored its opponents by a combined score of 143 to 13.[1]

College coach

After graduation from Dartmouth, Donnelly became a lawyer in Worcester, Massachusetts. In the fall of 1905 he began coaching local high schools and colleges in the area. During the period from 1905 to 1909 he would be the football coach of one or two teams a season including at Worcester High School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Highland Military Academy of Worcester.[2] In 1910 he took the head football job at Howard College (now known as Samford University) in Birmingham, Alabama. His team finished the season with a 1-8 record only scoring 10 points to their opponents 304.[3] In 1911 he returned to coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute until he was hired for the 1912 football season as an acting professor of physical education and football coach at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.[2] In the three years as head coach at Miami he had a combined record 14-8-2.[4] Donnelly was replaced as head football coach for the 1915 season by Chester J. Roberts. At the time Miami was changing their philosophy of athletics by moving to an all-year athletic coach. Donnelly was unable to be in Oxford for the entire school year since he could only take a limited amount of time off from his law practice in Massachusetts.[5]




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