Prink Callison

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Prink Callison
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Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1899-08-15)August 15, 1899
Died June 17, 1986(1986-06-17) (aged 86)
Laguna Hills, California
Playing career
1920–1922 Oregon
Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1932–1937 Oregon
Head coaching record
Overall 33–23–2 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
1 PCC (1933)

Prince Gary "Prink" Callison (August 15, 1899 – June 17, 1986) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Oregon[1] from 1932 to 1937, compiling a record of 33–23–2. In 1933, Callison led the program to its second championship of the Pacific Coast Conference.

Early career[edit]

Callison played college football at Oregon from 1920 to 1922.[2] He then became the head football and basketball coach at Medford High School, leading the boys' basketball team to Oregon state championships in 1924 and 1929.[3][4]

Head coach at Oregon[edit]

The Ducks hired Callison in 1932. In 1933, he coached the Ducks to a 9–1 record and a tie for the Pacific Coast Conference championship with Stanford. Since the two schools did not meet head-to-head, the decision of which team would play in the Rose Bowl had to be made by the committee. They chose Stanford, on the strength of the school's victory over USC, the only team to have beaten Oregon that year.[5] 1933 was Callison's best year as the Ducks finished no higher than fourth in the next four seasons. He resigned after the 1937 season.[4]

Legacy and death[edit]

Callison died in Laguna Hills, California in 1986.[6] He had been named to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.[7]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Oregon Webfoots (Pacific Coast Conference) (1932–1937)
1932 Oregon 6–3–1 2–2–1 T–5th
1933 Oregon 9–1 4–1 T–1st
1934 Oregon 6–4 4–2 4th
1935 Oregon 6–3 3–2 T–4th
1936 Oregon 2–6–1 1–5–1 8th
1937 Oregon 4–6 2–5 8th
Oregon: 33–23–2 16–17–2
Total: 33–23–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ McCann, Michael C. (1995). Oregon Ducks Football: 100 Years of Glory. Eugene, OR: McCann Communications Corp. ISBN 0-9648244-7-7.
  2. ^ "All-Time Oregon Lettermen" (PDF). University of Oregon Football 2007 Media Guide. University of Oregon. p. 189. Retrieved January 11, 2008. 
  3. ^ "OSAA Boys' Basketball State Champions" (PDF). Oregon School Activities Association. Retrieved January 11, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Wheeler, Ken (September 8, 1995). "A storied history". The Oregonian. 
  5. ^ Clark, Bob (August 27, 2003). "Ducks fit to be tied after '33 snub". The Register-Guard. Retrieved January 11, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Names in the News". Los Angeles Times. June 18, 1986. 
  7. ^ "Hall of Fame Roll of Honor Members". Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2011.