Robert McNeish

Robert C. McNeish (July 15, 1912 – February 27, 1999) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University from 1948 to 1950, compiling a record of 1–25–3. The lone win came against Richmond in 1949. McNeish played college football as a halfback at the University of Southern California (USC) from 1931 to 1933. His teams, coached by Howard Jones, went 30–2–1 in those three seasons, winning national championships and consecutive Rose Bowls in 1931 and 1932. McNeish served as an assistant coach at USC and at the United States Naval Academy. He died on February 27, 1999 in San Gabriel, California.[1]

Robert McNeish
McNeish from 1946 USC yearbook
Biographical details
Born(1912-07-15)July 15, 1912
DiedFebruary 27, 1999(1999-02-27) (aged 86)
San Gabriel, California
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1934San Bernardino JC
1935–1936Pasadena JC
1937–1941USC (backfield)
1942St. Mary's Pre-Flight (assistant)
1945USC (backfield)
1946–1947Navy (backfield)
Head coaching record
Overall1–25–3 (college)

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs
VPI Gobblers (Southern Conference) (1948–1950)
1948 VPI 0–8–10–6–115th
1949 VPI 1–7–21–5–115th
1950 VPI 0–100–817th
VPI: 1–25–31–19–2


  1. Hirst, Kodi (March 4, 1999). "Former defensive half-back, assistant coach dies at 86". Daily Trojan. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
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