T. Nelson Metcalf
Pete Fisher, Ted Withington, Tom Thorpe, Tilfer, Metcalf, Harry A. Fisher, Stimson at Columbia University in 1916
Biographical details
Born(1890-09-21)September 21, 1890
Elyria, Ohio
DiedJanuary 17, 1982(1982-01-17) (aged 91)
Santa Barbara, California
Playing career
Position(s)End, tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1912Oberlin (assistant)
1922–1923Minnesota (assistant)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1924–1933Iowa State
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
1 OAC (1913)

Thomas Nelson "Nellie" Metcalf (September 21, 1890 – January 17, 1982) was an American football and basketball player, track athlete, coach of football and track, professor of physical education, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Columbia University (1915–1917) as well as his alma mater, Oberlin College (1913, 1919–1921), compiling a career college football record of 33–13–4. From 1924 to 1933, Metcalf taught at Iowa State University in the physical education department and served as the school's athletic director. He then moved on to the University of Chicago, where he was the athletic director from 1933 to 1956. At Chicago, he replaced Amos Alonzo Stagg, who was forced into retirement at the age of 70 after 40 years of service as the school's athletic director and head football coach.[1]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Oberlin Yeomen (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1913)
1913 Oberlin 6–1–1 5–0–1 1st
Columbia Lions (Independent) (1915–1917)
1915 Columbia 5–0
1916 Columbia 1–5–2
1917 Columbia 2–4
Columbia: 8–9–2
Oberlin Yeomen (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1919–1921)
1919 Oberlin 7–1 5–0 2nd
1920 Oberlin 5–2 5–2 5th
1921 Oberlin 7–0–1 7–0–1 3rd
Oberlin: 25–4–2 22–2–2
Total: 33–13–4
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "STAGG IS RETIRED AS CHICAGO COACH; University Invokes Age Rule of 70 to Relieve Him of All Active Duties. MOVE IN EFFECT NEXT JUNE Veteran's 40-Year Tenure Ends -- Protesting Action, He May Decline a New Post. METCALF HIS SUCCESSOR Iowa State Official Named Athletic Director -- Page Likely to Be Football Mentor". The New York Times. Associated Press. October 14, 1932. Retrieved October 25, 2010.