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Stuart K. Holcomb (September 11, 1910 - January 11, 1977) was an American football and basketball coach best known for serving as head football coach for Miami University and Purdue University. Holcomb was a starting halfback and 1931 captain of the Ohio State University football team. He was also the Athletic Director at Northwestern University and was the General Manager of the Chicago White Sox.

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Coaching career

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Miami University

Holcomb was named Miami University's Head Coach for the 1942 season succeeding Frank Wilton. His first team went 3-6 which equaled the number of wins of the 3 previous years for the Redskins. The next year Holcomb and the Redskins posted a winning record of 7-2-1. This team was dominated by defense, only allowing their opponents to score in double digits twice; A 34-12 win over Bradley University and a 35-0 blow out loss to Arkansas A&M. In his two years as Miami’s head coach he compiled an overall record of 10-9-1. He left Miami to become an assistant coach for Earl Blaik at the United States Military Academy. He was replaced as Redskins coach by future Pro and College Football Hall of Fame coach Sid Gillman who was one of Holcomb's top assistant coaches.

United States Military Academy

While an assistant football coach for the United States Military Academy, Holcomb was head coach of the men’s basketball team for two seasons from 1945 through 1947. He led the cadets to two straight winning seasons of 9-6 and 9-7.

Purdue

During Holcomb’s tenure as Boilermakers head coach he compiled a record of 35-42-4. His best year was 1952 when he led the Boilermakers to a Big 10 Co-championship and a #18 ranking in the final poll. Despite having only a 4-3-1 overall record Holcomb's team played well in conference with a 4-1-1 record. He is perhaps best remembered for ending Notre Dame's 39-game unbeaten streak when his Boilermakers defeated the Irish, 28-14 in the second game of the 1950 season. Holcomb was known for developing solid quarterbacks including Bob DeMoss, Dan Samuels and Len Dawson. These players helped grow a strong tradition at Purdue of great quarterback play. On December 12, 1955, After his nine seasons at Purdue, Holcomb left Purdue to accept the Athletic Director position at the Northwestern University. Stu Holcomb's three sons played college football. Chip at Northwestern, Doug at Purdue and Bryan at Arizona State, then moving to Florida State. [1]

College football coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Game Bowl Opponent Outcome Rank#
Findlay College Oilers (-) (1932 — 1935)
1932 Findlay 3-2-2
1933 Findlay 5-2
1934 Findlay 3-3
1935 Findlay 4-4
At Findlay: 15-11-2
Muskingum College Fighting Muskies (OAC) (1936 — 1940)
1936 Muskingum 6-3 5-1 3rd
1937 Muskingum 4-3-2 3-2-2 6th
1938 Muskingum 5-3-2 4-1-1 5th
1939 Muskingum 8-1 6-0 1st
1940 Muskingum 5-2-1 3-1 4th
At Muskingum: 28-12-4 21-6-3
Washington & Jefferson College Presidents (independent) (1941 — 1941)
1941 W & J 5-1-1
At W & J: 5-1-1
Miami University Redskins (independent) (1942 — 1943)
1942 Miami 3-6
1943 Miami 7-2-1
At Miami: 10-9-1
Purdue University Boilermakers (Big Ten) (1947 — 1955)
1947 Purdue 5-4 3-3 3rdT
1948 Purdue 3-6 2-4 5thT
1949 Purdue 4-5 2-4 8th
1950 Purdue 2-7 1-4 8thT
1951 Purdue 5-4 4-1 2nd #14 T
1952 Purdue 4-3-1 4-1-1 1stT #12
1953 Purdue 2-7 2-4 8th
1954 Purdue 5-3-1 3-3 6th
1955 Purdue 5-3-1 4-2 4th
At Purdue: 35-42-4 25-23-1
Total: 93-75-12
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Wes Fesler
Ohio State Buckeyes Football Captains
1931
Succeeded by
Lew Hinchman
Preceded by
Humphrey A. Harmony
University of Findlay Head Football Coaches
1932-1935
Succeeded by
Howard Kissell
Preceded by
Bill Lange
Muskingum College Head Football Coaches
1936-1940
Succeeded by
Howard Kissell
Preceded by
George Roark
Washington & Jefferson College Head Football Coaches
1941
Succeeded by
Wilbur F. Henry
Preceded by
Frank Wilton
Miami University Head Football Coaches
1942-1943
Succeeded by
Sid Gillman
Preceded by
Edward Kelleher
Army Men's Head Basketball Coaches
1945–1947
Succeeded by
John Mauer
Preceded by
Cecil Isbell
Purdue Boilermakers Football Coaches
1947-1955
Succeeded by
Jack Mollenkopf

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