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Amos Alonzo Stagg - Innovations in Football

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Coach of American football, born in West Orange, New Jersey, USA. An end for Yale, he was named to the first All-America team (1889) and began his 72-year coaching career the next year. In 1892 he became coach at the University of Chicago, remaining until 1932, when he reached the school's mandatory retirement age of 70. During his tenure there, he produced four undefeated teams and won seven Western Conference titles. In 1933–46 he coached at College of Pacific, winning Coach of the Year honours (1943) at age 81 when his team won seven games against major competition. After retiring as a head coach, he continued as an assistant until he was 98. He gained his nickname as a spokesman for fair, clean sport, and was also a remarkably innovative football coach, inventing dozens of plays, tactics, and strategies that became standard for other coaches.

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