Maurice Gordon Clarke
Biographical details
Born(1877-05-02)May 2, 1877
Bellevue, Nebraska
DiedJune 5, 1944(1944-06-05) (aged 67)
Okmulgee, Oklahoma
Playing career
Position(s)Quarterback, halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1900Western Reserve
1901Washington University
Head coaching record
Overall15–8–3 (football)
14–2–1 (baseball)

Maurice Gordon Clarke (May 2, 1877 – June 5, 1944) was an American football and baseball player and coach.[1] The Omaha, Nebraska native served as head football coach at the University of Texas at Austin in 1899, at Western Reserve University—now a part of Case Western Reserve University—in 1900, and at Washington University in St. Louis, compiling a career college football record of 15–8–3.[2] He was also the head baseball coach at Texas in the spring of 1900, tallying a mark of 14–2–1.

Clarke was a graduate of the University of Chicago and played quarterback for the Chicago Maroons from 1896 to 1898 teams under Amos Alonzo Stagg. He also lettered in baseball at Chicago.[3][4]

Personal life

Clarke was born May 2, 1877, in Bellevue, Nebraska, to Henry T. Clarke Sr. and Martha A. Fielding Clarke, and had many siblings, including player, coach Henry T. Clarke Jr.

Clarke later went into the oil business in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. He died there on June 5, 1944.[5]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Texas Longhorns (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1899)
1899 Texas 6–2 3–2 7th
Texas: 6–2 3–2
Western Reserve (Independent) (1900)
1900 Western Reserve 4–3–2
Western Reserve: 4–3–2
Washington University (Independent) (1901)
1901 Washington University 5–3–1
Washington University: 5–3–1
Total: 15–8–3


Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Texas Longhorns[6] (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1900)
1900 Texas 14–2–1
Texas: 14–2–1 (.853)
Total: 14–2–1 (.853)


  1. ^ "The University of Texas Record". 1902.
  2. ^ "All Along The Line—Just a Word About the Day's Prospects—Games in East and West—Chicago Has a Hard Proposition in Purdue–Wisconsin Expectations". The Minneapolis Journal. Minneapolis, Minnesota. October 12, 1901. p. 8. Retrieved September 11, 2017 – via open access.
  3. ^ "Head Coaches". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on November 19, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  4. ^ "WRU Football 1900/01 Season Record". University Archives. Case Western Reserve University. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  5. ^ "Oil Man, 67, Dies". Miami News-Record. Miami, Oklahoma. Associated Press. June 7, 1944. p. 5. Retrieved July 13, 2020 – via open access.
  6. ^ "Texas Baseball History 2018 Fact Book" (PDF). Texas Sports. Retrieved 25 October 2019.