Andrew W. Smith

Andrew William Smith (? – September 1959) was an American football player and coach and homeopathic physician.

Andrew W. Smith
Biographical details
DiedSeptember 1959
Playing career
1909Michigan
Position(s)Guard, center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1911–1912Michigan (assistant)
1914–?Throop
?California (assistant)

Smith grew up in Fredonia, Kansas and enrolled at the Homeopathic Medical School at the University of Michigan, receiving his degree in 1912.[1] While attending medical school, he played football for the 1909 Michigan Wolverines football team.[2] He was selected by Walter Eckersall in the Chicago Tribune as the first-team center on their 1909 All-Western college football team,[3] and by E. C. Patterson in Collier's Weekly as the second-team center.[4]

Smith was an assistant coach for the Michigan Wolverines football team in 1911 and 1912.[5][6][7] In August 1914, Smith was hired as the athletic director head football coach at Throop College of Technology (now known as California Institute of Technology) in Pasadena, California.[8][9] Upon his hiring, The Lancet-Clinic reported that the school had "procured the services of a 'medical coach'" who would "both teach the Throop students how to pay football and attend them in case of injury."[10] Smith continued to coach the Throop football team through at least 1917.[11] He also served as an assistant football coach for the California Golden Bears football team.[8]

References

  1. 1912 Michiganensian, p. 185.
  2. "1909 Football Team". Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.
  3. "Plan A 'Big Five' For West In 1910". Bismarck Daily Tribune. December 5, 1909. p. 10.
  4. E. C. Patterson (December 25, 1909). "The All-Western Football Team". Collier's. p. 17.
  5. 1912 Michiganensian, p. 219.
  6. "1911 Football Team". Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.
  7. "1912 Football Team". Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.
  8. "News from the Classes". The Michigan Alumnus. October 1915. p. 60.
  9. "Medical News". JAMA.: The Journal of the American Medical Association, Volume 63. p. 1039.
  10. "News Notes". The Lancet-Clinic. August 22, 1914. p. 201.
  11. Intercollegiate Athletic Calendar. 1917. p. 204.
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