Herbert J. McIntire

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Herbert Jerome McIntire (Born April 6, 1875) was an American football coach in the late 19th century.

Early life

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, to parents of German and Dutch descent. He attended the International Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Training School (now known as Springfield College), where he studied Physical Education as part of the Class of 1895.[1] He would leave this college for two years and attend Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.[2] Afterward he would return to YMCA Training School graduate in 1897.[2][3]

Coaching career

In 1897, while an Instructor of Physical Education, he became the third paid coach at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In his only year as coach, McIntire posted a record of 2–4–1 with victories over the Nashville Guards and Earlham College. McIntire became the first paid coach to leave Miami with a losing record. After he left, Miami did not hire a football coach for two seasons until Alonzo Edwin Branch was hired for the 1900 season.[4]

After leaving Miami, McIntire went to DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where he was an instructor of Physical Culture and coached the school’s football team. He coached for two seasons from 1899 to 1900, where he had a record of 7 wins, 8 losses, and 2 ties.[5] During the 1899 season McIntire split head coaching duties with Jules H. Ford.[6] That year the team finished 4-5 with a 1-3 record in witch McIntire was head coach.[7] In 1900, McIntire became the sole head coach of the and finished with a 6-5-2 record.[8] During the 1900’s season, McIntire’s DePauw team split the two games with rival Wabash College. Earlier in the season, Wabash coach Anthony Chez was able to gain knowledge of DePauw’s plays and strategies by pretending to be a Newspaper reporter. Because McIntire and DePauw thought he was a journalist, Chez was permitted to sit on the bench for one of DePauw’s games where he gained insight that later would help Wabash to beat DePauw by a score of 6-0.[9] Several weeks later, DePauw adjusted its strategy and was able to win the second game that season between the two schools by a score of 26-11. [10]. The following year McIntire left DePauw and was replaced by the coach that tricked him, Anthony Chez.[5]

Later life

In 1901, McIntire left his position at DePauw and would join the faculty as an Instructor of Physical Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.[2] The following year he would join the faculty at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington as the Physical Director.[2][11][12]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Miami Redskins (Independent) (1897)
1897 Miami 2–4–1
Miami: 2–4–1
DePauw (Independent) (1899–1900)
1899 DePauw 1–3–0
1900 DePauw 6–5–2
DePauw: 7–8–2
Total: 9–12–3


  1. ^ The Triangle 1895, Springfield, Mass: Senior Class of International Young Men’s Christian Association Training School, 1895, pp. 8 & 19
  2. ^ a b c d Chinook, 1903 (1904 cover date), Pullman Washington: Junior Class of Washington Agricultrue and School of Science, 1903, p. 13, retrieved 2020-01-17
  3. ^ "Springfield Training School Commencement", Men, A Young Man’s Paper, Chicago: Fleming H. Revell Company, XXII (61), p. 1180, July 10, 1897
  4. ^ "Miami 2019 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Miami University. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  5. ^ a b "DePauw Football All-Time Coaches Records (through 2019)". DePauw University. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  6. ^ "DePauw Football Year-by-Year Records". DePauw University. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  7. ^ "DePauw Football Scores: 1884-1899". DePauw University. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  8. ^ "DePauw Football Scores: 1900-1919". DePauw University. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  9. ^ "A journalist? Chez who, asks Depauw, as coach's prank exposed during 6-0 loss". DePauw University. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  10. ^ "Rematch With Wabash Ends In 26-11 Depauw Triumph". DePauw University. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  11. ^ True, A.C. (1903), Organization Lists of the Agricultural Colleges and Experiment Stations in the United States, US Department of Agriculture, p. 77
  12. ^ Bryan, R.B. (1902), Sixteenth Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Washington, Seattle, Washington: The Metropolitan Press Inc., p. 127

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