Theron Lyman
Biographical details
Born(1869-09-07)September 7, 1869
Alden, Iowa, U.S.
DiedSeptember 21, 1939(1939-09-21) (aged 70)
Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
Playing career
1888–1891Iowa College
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1891Iowa College
Head coaching record

Theron Lyman (September 7, 1869 – September 21, 1939)[1] was an American college football player and coach. He was also the chief examiners of claims of the Travelers Life Insurance Company of Hartford, Connecticut.[2][3]

Early years

Theron Upson Lyman was born September 7, 1869, in Alden, Iowa. His father C. N. Lyman was a long-time reverend of Onawa.[4] It is said Theron spent time at Yale University.[5]

Playing career


Lyman played for Iowa College (later named Grinnell College), in Grinnell, Iowa from 1888 to 1891.


He was the coach of the team as well in 1891, in addition to coaching Nebraska. One account reads "Iowa had an eleven and had a coach, and wanted to play the upstarts from across the Missouri River...So, with a magnanimity seldom equaled in the game's history, Iowa lent its coach, T. U. Lyman, to tutor the Nebraskans."[6]


Lyman was a prominent quarterback for the Wisconsin Badgers football team.[7] He was captain every year he played.[8]


Main article: 1893 Wisconsin Badgers football team

Parke H. Davis was coach in 1893.


Main article: 1894 Wisconsin Badgers football team

Lyman transferred to Wisconsin in order to defeat Minnesota, which he finally did in 1894.[9][10]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Iowa College Pioneers (Independent) (1891)
1891 Iowa College 3–2–1
Iowa College: 3–2–1
Nebraska Old Gold Knights (Independent) (1891)
1891 Nebraska 0–1*
Nebraska: 0–1
Total: 3–3–1

*Lyman was coach for preparing Nebraska for the game against Iowa only.

See also


  1. ^ Brewster genealogy 1566-1907. p. 617.
  2. ^ Pi, Beta Theta (1905). Catalogue of Beta Theta Pi. p. 644.
  3. ^ G. Reid MacKay (1922). Cyclopedia of Insurance in the United States. p. 456.
  4. ^ The Unit. 1890. p. 113.
  5. ^ Mike Babcock (1995). The Nebraska Football Legacy. Nebraska Bookstore. p. 51. ISBN 9780964899209.
  6. ^ "Maury White". The Des Moines Register. August 29, 1966. p. 19. Retrieved April 22, 2015 – via Open access icon
  7. ^ "Theron Lyman, Former U. W. Grid Captain, Dies". The Capital Times. September 22, 1939. p. 12. Retrieved April 22, 2015 – via Open access icon
  8. ^ Ariel. Vol. 17. 1893. p. 291.
  9. ^ J. F. A. Pyre. Wisconsin. p. 313.
  10. ^ Al Papas (2009). Gophers Illustrated: The Incredible Complete History of Minnesota Football. p. 6. ISBN 9780816667567.