Eugene Van Gent

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Eugene Van Gent
Eugene Van Gent.jpg
Van Gent from The Savitar, 1916
Sport(s) Football, basketball, track
Biographical details
Born (1889-12-23)December 23, 1889
Died June 12, 1949(1949-06-12) (aged 59)
Solano County, California
Playing career
1911, 1913 Wisconsin
1911–1914 Wisconsin
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1916 Texas
1919 Texas (assistant)
1920 University Farm
1921 Stanford
1914–1916 Missouri
1916–1917 Texas
1921–1922 Stanford
Head coaching record
Overall 14–8–3 (football)
42–19 (basketball)
Accomplishments and honors
SWC (1916)
All-American (1914)

Conrad Eugene Van Gent (December 23, 1889 – June 12, 1949) was an American football and basketball player and coach. He served as the head football at the University of Texas at Austin in 1916, at the University Farm, now the University of California, Davis, in 1920, and at Stanford University in 1921, compiling a career college football record of 14–8–3. Van Gent was also the head basketball coach at the University of Missouri (1914–1916), Texas (1916–1917), and Stanford (1921–1922), tallying a career college basketball mark of 42–19. Van Gent played football and basketball, and ran track at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He was selected to the College Basketball All-American team in 1914.

Coaching career[edit]

During his two seasons as basketball head coach at Missouri (1914–16), Van Gent led to the Tigers to a 21–9 overall record. Texas hired Van Gent as both football and basketball head coach in 1916. He coached for one season in each sport before joining the military to fight in the First World War. In the 1916 college football season, Van Gent directed Texas to a 7–2 overall record in football and a 6–1 record in Southwest Conference play. As men's basketball head coach for the 1916–17 season, he directed the Longhorns to a 13–3 overall record (7–1 in conference play) and their third consecutive Southwest Conference championship. In 1921, Van Gent coached the Stanford Cardinal football team, compiling a 4–2–2 record. Van Gent also coached Stanford's basketball team in 1921–22. He fell ill with encephalitis lethargica in December 1922 and was hospitalized in San Francisco.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Texas Longhorns (Southwest Conference) (1916)
1916 Texas 7–2 6–1 1st
Texas: 7–2 6–1
University Farm (Independent) (1920)
1920 University Farm 3–4–1
University Farm: 3–4–1
Stanford (Pacific Coast Conference) (1921)
1921 Stanford 4–2–2 1–1–1 3rd
Stanford: 4–2–2 1–1–1
Total: 14–8–3
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


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