Nathan Stauffer
Biographical details
Born(1875-01-01)January 1, 1875
Chester County, Pennsylvania
DiedJune 5, 1959(1959-06-05) (aged 84)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1900–1901Pennsylvania Military
1903–1908Germantown Academy (PA)
1909–1911Ole Miss
Head coaching record
Overall52–31–5 (college)

Nathan Pennypacker Stauffer (January 1, 1875 – June 5, 1959)[1][2][3] was an American college football player and coach and physician. He served as the head football coach at Dickinson College from 1896 to 1899, at Pennsylvania Military College—now known as Widener University—from 1900 to 1901, and at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) from 1909 to 1911, compiling a career college football coaching record of 52–31–5. Stauffer was one of the first head coaches at a small school to be paid for his work.[4]

Coaching career


Stauffer was the first head football coach at Dickinson College[5] in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and he held that position for four seasons, from 1896 until 1899.[6] His record at Dickinson was 22–11–2.[7] Dickinson played football as far back as 1885, but no official coach was kept on record prior to Stauffer.

Pennsylvania Military

After Dickinson, Stauffer became the head coach at Pennsylvania Military College—now known as Widener University—in Chester, Pennsylvania serving for the 1900 and 1901 seasons. His team posted a 7–3 mark his first year and a compiled 3–5 record in 1901.[8]

Ole Miss

Stauffer served as the head coach at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in Oxford, Mississippi for the 1909, 1910 and 1911 seasons. His record at Ole Miss 17–7–2.[9]

Medical career and death

Stauffer graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1901. He worked at Bryn Mawr Hospital and Delaware County Hospital and headed the otolaryngology department at Girard College Hospital. He headed the Ear, Nose, and Throat Department at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia for 25 years. Stauffer died on June 5, 1959, in Philadelphia, following a brief illness.[10]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Dickinson (Independent) (1896–1899)
1896 Dickinson 4–5
1897 Dickinson 7–3–2
1898 Dickinson 8–2
1899 Dickinson 6–6–1
Dickinson: 25–16–3
Pennsylvania Military Cadets (Independent) (1900–1901)
1900 Pennsylvania Military 7–3
1901 Pennsylvania Military 3–5
Pennsylvania Military: 10–8
Ole Miss Rebels (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1909–1911)
1909 Ole Miss 4–3–2 2–3–1 8th
1910 Ole Miss 7–1 2–1 T–5th
1911 Ole Miss 6–3 2–2 T–7th
Ole Miss: 17–7–2 6–6–1
Total: 52–31–5


  1. ^ Draft registration card dated September 12, 1918, for Nathan Pennypacker Stauffer, born January 1, 1875, residing in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, employed in Philadelphia as an ear nose and throat specialist. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Registration Location: Delaware County, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1877946; Draft Board: 1.
  2. ^ "Nathan P. Stauffer, Otolaryngologist". The New York Times. June 7, 1959.
  3. ^ Pennock Surnames Nathan Pennypacker Stauffer, Ph.D.
  4. ^ Dickinson College Chronicles "Athletic Field 1900"
  5. ^ The History of Football at Dickinson College, 1885-1969.” Gobrecht, Wilbur J., Chambersburg, PA: Kerr Printing Co., 1971
  6. ^ Centennial Conference Archived October 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine "2008 Centennial Conference Football Prospectus"
  7. ^ Dickinson College Football Media Guide Archived May 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Widener 2014 Football Media Guide". Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  9. ^ DeLassus, David. "Dr. N.P. Stauffer Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
  10. ^ "Dr. N. Stauffer Dies at Age of 84". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. June 6, 1959. p. 25. Retrieved September 13, 2021 – via open access.