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Gil Dobie


Gilmour Dobie

Inducted 1951

Date of Birth



Hastings, MN


Cornell University (1920-1935)

Boston College (1936-1938)

United States Naval Academy (1917-1919)

University of Washington (1908-1916)

North Dakota State University (1906-1907)


Gilmour Dobie played end and quarterback for the University of Minnesota football team from 1900-02, then served as assistant coach at his alma mater while obtaining a law degree. His first job as a head coach was at North Dakota State 1906-07. The school played seven games and won all of them. Dobie was at Washington from 1908-16 and never lost a game. His nine-year record was 58-0-3 and included a 39-game winning streak. He coached Navy from 1917-19 with a 17-3 mark, then was at Cornell from 1920-35 with a record of 82-36-7. The 1921, 1922, 1923 Cornell teams were undefeated, part of a 26-game winning streak. His star players at Cornell were Eddie Kaw and George Pfann, All-America halfbacks. Dobie finished coaching at Boston College 1936-38 on a 16-6-5 record. In all, he coached 33 years and had 14 undefeated seasons. His career total of180-45-15, gave him a winning percentage of .781. He was given to pessimistic predictions about his teams, and his nickname was "Gloomy Gil." He was president of the American Football Coaches Association in 1917. He was a charter member of the College Football Hall of Fame, elected in the first class in 1951.


Wins 180

Losses 45

Ties 15

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