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Pete Cawthon
Pete Cawthon
Pete Cawthon
Title Head coach
Sport Baseball
Career highlights
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Beaumont High School
Austin College
Texas Tech

Peter Willis Cawthon (March 24, 1898 – December 31, 1962) was the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team from 1930-1941.

Cawthon graduated from Houston Central High School in 1917 and went on to attend Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. He lettered in baseball, football, and basketball during his freshman year. When the baseball coach left to fight in World War I, Cawthon took over the position. Cawthon earned four letters his sophomore year and was selected as an All-State halfback.

In 1919, Cawthon took his first regular coaching job at Beaumont High School before becoming the baseball and basketball coach at Rice Institute (now Rice University) in 1920. The following year, he moved on to coach at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, where he established the Cawthon Trophy, given annually to an outstanding individual at the school on the basis of athletic participation, leadership, and sportsmanship.

In 1930, he was hired by Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University). By 1932, the Matadors (now the Red Raiders) became the highest-scoring team in the nation. He coached at the school until January 1941. During his tenure, he compiled a record of 76–32–6.


Preceded by
Grady Higginbotham
Texas Tech Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Dell Morgan


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