Bud Talbott

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Bud Talbott
Born:(1892-06-10)June 10, 1892
Dayton, Ohio
Died:July 6, 1952(1952-07-06) (aged 60)
Career information
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career history
As coach
1916Dayton Triangles
1919–1921Dayton Triangles
As player
1916Dayton Triangles
1917–1918Camp Sherman Football Team
1919–1921Dayton Triangles
Career highlights and awards
Military career
AllegianceUnited States United States
Service/branchUnited States Army seal U.S. Army
United States Air Force seal U.S. Air Force
RankUS-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
Korean War

Nelson S. "Bud" Talbott (June 10, 1892 – July 6, 1952) was a head coach of the Dayton Triangles of the "Ohio League" and later a charter member of the National Football League. He joined the United States Army in 1917 and served in World War I, World War II and the Korean War, rising to the rank of brigadier general.[1] He retired as the deputy director of procurement and production at Air Material Command, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Talbott began his football career as a starting tackle and halfback from 1912 to 1914, for Yale University. He was given to All-American honors in 1913 as a member of Walter Camp's first team. In 1914, he was named captain of the Yale team. Bud led Yale to a 28–0 victory over Notre Dame, ending the Fighting Irish 27-game undefeated streak. He repeated with All-American honors in 1914, making several major newspaper first teams.

After graduation, he became one of the organizers of the Dayton Triangles professional football team. He coached the local team in 1916 and again from 1919 until 1921. From 1922 until 1923 he was head coach of the University of Dayton football team who had just changed their name from St. Mary's University.


Talbott's father was a wealthy engineer who was involved in the construction of the Soo Locks on Lake Superior and had various railroad interests. He was also involved in the recovery of Dayton from a 1913 flood. His mother was active in the Dayton anti-suffrage league which opposed giving women the right to vote. She was also involved in the Anti-Saloon League and was a patron of the Dayton Westminster Choir. His brother, Harold E. Talbott, was the third Secretary of the Air Force. While his grandson, Strobe Talbott, was a deputy secretary of state in the Clinton administration. Another grandson, Mark Talbott, is a former professional squash player and was inducted into the United States Squash Hall of Fame in 2000.[2][3]


  1. ^ Maxymuk, John (July 30, 2012). NFL Head Coaches: A Biographical Dictionary, 1920–2011. McFarland. p. 398. ISBN 9780786492954.
  2. ^ "Mark Talbott at the United States Squash Hall of Fame". ussquash.com. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Mark Talbott: A Very Good Friend". squashmagazine.ussquash.com. Retrieved 11 January 2016.