Andy Gustafson

Andrew Gustafson (April 3, 1903 – January 7, 1979) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (VPI)—now Virginia Tech—from 1926 to 1929 and the University of Miami from 1948 to 1963, compiling a career college football record of 115–78–4. Gustafson was also the athletic director at Miami from 1963 to 1968. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1985.

Andy Gustafson
Gustafson from 1950 Ibis
Biographical details
Born(1903-04-03)April 3, 1903
Aurora, Illinois
DiedJanuary 7, 1979(1979-01-07) (aged 75)
Coral Gables, Florida
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1930–1933Pittsburgh (backfield)
1934–1940Dartmouth (backfield)
1941–1947Army (backfield)
1948–1963Miami (FL)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1963–1968Miami (FL)
Head coaching record
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1985 (profile)

Early life and playing career

Gustafson was born in Aurora, Illinois. As a halfback at the University of Pittsburgh, Gustafson scored the first touchdown ever in Pitt Stadium in 1925 against Washington and Lee.[1]

Coaching career

Gustafson served as the head football coach of Virginia Tech from 1926 to 1929, where he compiled a 22–13–1 record.

Gustafson is considered one of the University of Miami's most successful coaches, with a record of 93–65–3 (.587). He led the Hurricanes to four seasons of eight wins or more and was the longest serving coach in school history. He is currently a member of the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame. He also served as the athletic director of the school, following his retirement as a head coach.[2]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
VPI Gobblers (Southern Conference) (1926–1929)
1926 VPI 5–3–13–2–1T–7th
1927 VPI 5–42–3T–12th
1928 VPI 7–24–14th
1929 VPI 5–42–313th
VPI: 22–13–111–9–1
Miami Hurricanes (Independent) (1948–1963)
1948 Miami 4–6
1949 Miami 6–3
1950 Miami 9–1–1L Orange1315
1951 Miami 8–3W Gator
1952 Miami 4–7
1953 Miami 4–5
1954 Miami 8–1911
1955 Miami 6–31814
1956 Miami 8–1–166
1957 Miami 5–4–1
1958 Miami 2–8
1959 Miami 6–4
1960 Miami 6–4
1961 Miami 7–4L Liberty19
1962 Miami 7–4L Gotham18
1963 Miami 3–7
Miami: 93–65–3


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