Glenn Scobey Warner : biography
Glenn Scobey Warner (April 5, 1871 – September 7, 1954), most commonly known as Pop Warner, was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Georgia (1895–1896), Cornell University (1897–1898, 1904–1906), the Carlisle Indian Industrial School (1899–1903, 1907–1914), the University of Pittsburgh (1915–1923), Stanford University (1924–1932), and Temple University (1933–1938), compiling a career college football record of 319–106–32. Warner coached four teams to national championships: in 1915, 1916, and 1918 with Pittsburgh and in 1926 with Stanford. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1951. Warner also helped start the popular youth American football organization, Pop Warner Little Scholars.
Early life and playing career
Warner was born in Springville, New York. He attended and played football for Cornell University. As captain of the Cornell football team, Warner obtained the nickname "Pop" because he was older than most of his teammates. After graduating from Cornell, he had a brief legal career in New York. Warner married Lorraine Tibb, 1888 graduate of Ten Broeck Academy in the Town of Franklinville. In 1902, Warner played pro football for the Syracuse Athletic Club during the first World Series of Football, held at Madison Square Garden. It was during this event, that Warner played in the very first professional indoor football game as his Syracuse squad upset the heavily favored "New York" team. During the Series, Warner was cut badly on the side of his head. While he laughed it off at the time, he was replaced for the rest of the Series, by Blondy Wallace.
Head coaching record
Warner was hired by the University of Georgia as its new head football coach in 1895 at a salary of $34 per week.Reed, Thomas Walter (1949). Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press. History of the University of Georgia; Chapter XVII: Athletics at the University from the Beginning Through 1947 For the 1895–1896 academic year, Georgia’s entire student body consisted of 126 students. This was Georgia’s first year in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, a conference that it founded along with Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Vanderbilt. Warner’s first Georgia team had three wins against four losses.
The following year, Georgia rehired Warner and the team had an undefeated season. While at Georgia, Warner also served as a co-coach at Iowa State., page 126 He coached teams from two schools simultaneously on three occasions: Iowa State and Georgia during the 1895 and 1896 seasons, Iowa State and Cornell in 1897 and 1898, and Iowa State and Carlisle in 1899. Warner’s Iowa State record was 18–8, bringing Warner’s total lifetime record to 337–114–32.
After his stint in Georgia, Warner returned to Cornell to coach football for two seasons. He then coached at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania from 1899 to 1903, returned to Cornell for three seasons, and returned again to Carlisle in 1907. During his second tenure at Carlisle, Warner coached one of the most famous American athletes, Jim Thorpe.
In 1914, Warner was hired by the University of Pittsburgh, where he coached his teams to 33 straight major wins and has been credited with three national championships, in 1915, 1916 and 1918. He coached Pittsburgh from 1915 to 1923, compiling a record of 60–12–4. One of Warner’s players, Jock Sutherland, would succeed him as the head coach at Pitt.
The next team Warner coached was at Stanford University from 1924 to 1932, where his teams played in three Rose Bowl games, including the classic 1925 Rose Bowl game against Knute Rockne and the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame. Warner added a fourth national championship in 1926.
Warner’s final head coaching job was at Temple University where he coached for five years until retiring in 1938. Following his retirement, he served as advisory football coach for the Spartans of San Jose State College.
Warner brought many innovative playing mechanics to college football:
- the screen pass
- spiral punt
- single- and double-wing formations
- the use of shoulder and thigh pads.
- designed helmets red for backs and white for ends
Warner died of throat cancer in Palo Alto, California at the age of 83.