Joseph Pipal

Joseph Amos Pipal (January 18, 1874 – August 10, 1955) was an American football, basketball, and track and field coach. He served as the head football coach at Doane College (1902), Dickinson College (1907), the University of South Dakota (1910), Occidental College (1911–1915, 1921–1923), and Oregon Agricultural College—now known as Oregon State University—(1916–1917), compiling a career college football record of 50–35–3. Pipal was credited with devising lateral pass and mud cleats for football shoes[1] and in 1934 wrote a book titled The lateral pass technique and strategy.[2]

Joseph Pipal
Biographical details
Born(1874-01-18)January 18, 1874
Zachotín, Austria-Hungary
DiedAugust 10, 1955(1955-08-10) (aged 81)
Los Angeles, California
Playing career
c. 1900Beloit
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1910South Dakota
1916–1917Oregon Agricultural
1910–1911South Dakota
Head coaching record
Overall50–35–3 (football)
7–3 (basketball)

Born in Zachotín, Austria-Hungary, Pipal attended Beloit College, the University of Chicago, and Yale University. He died on August 10, 1955 of a heart attack at his home in Los Angeles, California.[3]

Coaching career


Pipal was the seventh head football coach at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and he held that position for the 1907 season.[4] His overall coaching record at Dickinson was 2–6–1.[5]

South Dakota

Pipal coached for one year at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota for the 1910 season, the fourth coach on record at the school.[6] His record was 5–2.[7]

Oregon Agricultural

In 1916, Pipal took over as the head coach of Oregon Agricultural College, now called Oregon State University.[8] In his first season as the head coach, Pipal coached the team to a 4–5 record. This season marked the first time Oregon State played the Nebraska Cornhuskers (on October 21 in Portland, Oregon) and the first road trip to Los Angeles, California to play the USC Trojans. OAC came up short against Nebraska, 17–7, but defeated the Trojans, 16–7.[9] Pipal's second season at OAC saw the team go 4–2–1, outscoring their opponents 83–33.[9]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs
Doane Tigers (Independent) (1902)
1902 Doane 2–3
Doane: 2–3
Dickinson Red Devils () (1907)
1907 Dickinson 2–6–1
Dickinson: 2–6–1
South Dakota Coyotes (Independent) (1910)
1910 South Dakota 5–2
South Dakota: 5–2
Occidental Tigers () (1911–1915)
1911 Occidental 2–1
1912 Occidental 4–1
1913 Occidental 5–1
1914 Occidental 4–3
1915 Occidental 7–1
Oregon Agricultural Aggies (Pacific Coast Conference) (1916–1917)
1916 Oregon Agricultural 4–50–23rd
1917 Oregon Agricultural 4–2–11–2–13rd
Oregon Agricultural: 8–7–11–4–1
Occidental Tigers (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1921–1923)
1921 Occidental 2–4–12–2–1T–3rd
1922 Occidental 5–34–12nd
1923 Occidental 4–33–23rd
Occidental: 33–17–1


  1. Sports Illustrated "A Roundup Of The Week's News" August 22, 1955
  2. The Lateral Pass Technique and Strategy by Joseph A. Pipal, 1934
  3. "Joseph Pipal Is Dead; Retired Track and Football Coach at Occidental Was 75" (PDF). The New York Times. August 12, 1955. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  4. Centennial Conference Archived October 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine "2008 Centennial Conference Football Prospectus"
  5. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 13, 2008. Retrieved December 17, 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. College Football Data Warehouse "University of South Dakota Coachin Records"
  7. College Football Data Warehouse "1910 South Dakota Football Results
  8. OAC Barometer "Gridiron History Makes Colorful Backgrounds", Hal Erne, March 3, 1933
  9. "Oregon State Football Media Guide" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 24, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2008.
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