|Samuel B. Newton|
Newton pictured in La Vie 1900, Penn State yearbook
December 4, 1868|
April 30, 1932 (aged 63)|
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Sylvanus Blanchard "Samuel" Newton[N 1] (December 4, 1868[N 2] – April 30, 1932) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Pennsylvania State University (1896–1898), Lafayette College (1899–1901, 1911), Lehigh University (1902–1905), and Williams College (1907, 1909–1910), compiling a career college football coaching record of 83–58–5.
Coaching career[edit | edit source]
Penn State[edit | edit source]
Newton was the head football coach at Pennsylvania State University from 1896 to 1898. His career record at Penn State was 12–14.
Lafayette[edit | edit source]
Newton coached at Lafayette College for five seasons and achieved a record of 36–16. His first season was arguably his best, as his team outscored its opponents by 253 to 23 and achieved a record of 12–1. The team's only loss was to Princeton by a score of 12–0.
Lehigh[edit | edit source]
Newton was the tenth head football coach at Lehigh University and he held that position for four seasons, from 1902 until 1905. His overall record at Lehigh was 23–20–2. While coaching at Lafayette, Newton's teams won The Rivalry game against Lehigh all seven times in three seasons. Newton later moved to Lehigh to coach on the opposite side of The Rivalry, winning two of four games played.
Death[edit | edit source]
Head coaching record[edit | edit source]
|Penn State Nittany Lions (Independent) (1896–1898)|
|Lafayette (Independent) (1898–1901)|
|Lehigh Brown and White (Independent) (1902–1905)|
|Williams Ephs (Independent) (1907)|
|Williams Ephs (Independent) (1909–1910)|
|Lafayette (Independent) (1911)|
|†Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.|
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Newton's name is spelled "Sylvanus" on his birth certificate, though it has been spelled "Silvanus" alternatively, notably on his gravestone and passport application forms. Other alternate spellings include "Sylvanous" and "Sylvanos".
- Newton's birth certificate states that he was born in 1868, but passport application forms state his year of birth as 1872.
References[edit | edit source]
- Lafayette Coaching Records
- Coaching Records Game by Game
- Lehigh Coaching Records
- "DR. SYLVANUS B. NEWTON.; One-Time U. of P. Football Player and World War Veteran Dead.". May 2, 1932. https://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive/pdf?res=F70F16F73F5A13738DDDAB0894DD405B828FF1D3. Retrieved April 30, 2011.
- "Silvanus Blanchard Newton". Jones Family Genealogy. http://www.jonesgenealogy.net/getperson.php?personID=I1859&tree=Jones. Retrieved April 30, 2011.
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