Homer Norton

Homer Hill Norton (December 30, 1896 – May 26, 1965) was an American football, basketball, and baseball player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Centenary College of Louisiana from 1919 to 1921 and 1926 to 1933 and at Texas A&M University from 1934 to 1947, compiling a career college football record of 143–75–18. His 1939 Texas A&M team went 11–0, beating Tulane in the Sugar Bowl, and was named a national champion. Norton's record at Texas A&M was 82–53–9, giving him the second most wins of any coach in Texas A&M Aggies football history. He was fired in 1947 when his team went 3–6–1 and lost to Texas for the eighth straight year. Norton was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1971.

Homer Norton
Biographical details
Born(1896-12-30)December 30, 1896
Carrollton, Alabama
DiedMay 26, 1965(1965-05-26) (aged 68)
College Station, Texas
Playing career
1916–1919Birmingham Barons
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1922–1925Centenary (assistant)
1934–1947Texas A&M
1943–1944Texas A&M
Head coaching record
Overall143–75–18 (football)
49–43 (basketball)
62–37–1 (baseball)
Accomplishments and honors
1 National (1939)
2 SIAA (1926–1927)
3 SWC (1939–1941)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1971 (profile)

Norton played four different sports at Birmingham–Southern College and played minor league baseball with the Birmingham Barons prior to becoming a coach. In addition to football, Norton also coached basketball at Centenary from 1921 to 1926 and baseball at Texas A&M from 1943 to 1944.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs AP#
Centenary Gentlemen (Independent) (1919–1920)
1919 Centenary 1–3
1920 Centenary 0–1
Centenary Gentlemen (Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1921)
1921 Centenary 3–3
Centenary Gentlemen (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1926–1933)
1926 Centenary 6–35–01st
1927 Centenary 10–04–0T–1st
1928 Centenary 6–3–2
1929 Centenary 6–3–1
1930 Centenary 8–1–1
1931 Centenary 5–5
1932 Centenary 8–0–1
1933 Centenary 8–0–4T Dixie Classic
Centenary: 61–22–9
Texas A&M Aggies (Southwest Conference) (1934–1947)
1934 Texas A&M 2–7–21–4–16th
1935 Texas A&M 3–71–57th
1936 Texas A&M 8–3–13–2–1T–3rd
1937 Texas A&M 5–2–22–2–25th
1938 Texas A&M 4–4–12–3–15th
1939 Texas A&M 11–06–01stW Sugar1
1940 Texas A&M 9–15–1T–1stW Cotton6
1941 Texas A&M 9–25–11stL Cotton9
1942 Texas A&M 4–5–12–3–15th
1943 Texas A&M 7–2–14–12ndL Orange
1944 Texas A&M 7–42–3T–4th
1945 Texas A&M 6–43–3T–3rd
1946 Texas A&M 4–63–34th
1947 Texas A&M 3–6–11–4–1T–5th
Texas A&M: 82–53–940–35–7
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