Charles Dudley Daly

Charles Dudley Daly

Charles Dudley Daly
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1880-10-31)October 31, 1880
Roxbury, Massachusetts
Died February 12, 1959(1959-02-12) (aged 78)
Pacific Grove, California
Playing career
1898–1900 Harvard
1901–1902 Army
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1907 Harvard (assistant)
1913–1916 Army
1919–1922 Army
Head coaching record
Overall 58–13–3
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
4 National (1898, 1899, 1914, 1916)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1951 (profile)
Daly field marker at West Point

Charles Dudley "Charlie" Daly (October 31, 1880 – February 12, 1959)[1] was an American football player and coach, an author, and served in the United States Army during World War I. He played college football as a quarterback at Harvard University and the United States Military Academy and served as the head football coach at the latter from 1913 to 1916 and 1919 to 1922, compiling a career record of 58–13–3. Daly was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1951. He also served as Fire Commissioner in Boston during the 1910s.


Daly attended Boston Latin School[2] and Harvard University,[3] where he was a member of ΑΔΦ,[4] the Fly Club,[5] and the Hasty Pudding Club[6] and graduated in 1901 with an Artium Baccalaureus.[7] He also graduated from West Point in 1905.[8][9] His military record as of 1921 was: Captain Field Artillery, Regular Army, when United States entered the war; attached to 338th Field Artillery, 88th Division, Camp Dodge, Iowa; promoted temporary major August 5, 1917; attached to 29th Field Artillery; detailed to School of Fire, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, as instructor; promoted temporary lieutenant colonel June 25, 1918; promoted temporary colonel October 24; demoted Regular Army grade captain Field Artillery August 20, 1919; detailed to U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., as instructor; promoted major 1920; in service 1921.[7] He was also stationed at Ft. Sam Houston, Schofield Barracks, the U.S. Army War College, and Ft. Leavenworth.[10]

Daly played football for both Harvard and West Point teams. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.


Daly coached American football teams at both Harvard and West Point. Notably at West Point where he is known as the "Godfather of West Point Football"[2] he was coach to [11] In 1921 he founded the American Football Coaches Association.

At West Point he was an Assistant Professor of Military Science and Tactics from 1928 to 1934.[12] An athletic field there is named in honor of him.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Army Cadets (Independent) (1913–1916)
1913 Army 8–1
1914 Army 9–0
1915 Army 5–3–1
1916 Army 9–0
Army Cadets (Independent) (1919–1922)
1919 Army 6–3
1920 Army 7–2
1921 Army 6–4
1922 Army 8–0–2
Army: 58–13–3
Total: 58–13–3
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

See also


  • OCLC 44606556
  • OCLC 1445510
  • Appeared in the film


  1. ^ OCLC 4286380.
  2. ^ a b OCLC 492493.
  3. ^
  4. ^ .
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  6. ^ OCLC 23111551.
  7. ^ a b OCLC 47241947.
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  9. ^ OCLC 2047234
  10. ^ (Archived August 15, 2004 at the Wayback Machine, archived by WebCite at
  11. ^ OCLC 37277737.
  12. ^ OCLC 580949.

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