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Samuel B. Newton
Newton pictured in La Vie 1900, Penn State yearbook
Born (1868-12-04)December 4, 1868
Yarmouth, Maine
Died April 30, 1932(1932-04-30) (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

Newton in 1919

Penn State

Newton was the head football coach at Pennsylvania State University from 1896 to 1898. His career record at Penn State was 12–14.


Newton coached at Lafayette College for five seasons and achieved a record of 36–16.[1] 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.[2]


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.[3] 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.


Newton died on April 30, 1932 of a throat infection at his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He is interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.[4][5]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Penn State Nittany Lions (Independent) (1896–1898)
1896 Penn State 3–4
1897 Penn State 3–6
1898 Penn State 6–4
Penn State: 12–14
Lafayette (Independent) (1898–1901)
1898 Lafayette 3–8
1899 Lafayette 12–1
1900 Lafayette 9–2
1901 Lafayette 9–3
Lehigh Brown and White (Independent) (1902–1905)
1902 Lehigh 7–3–1
1903 Lehigh 9–2–1
1904 Lehigh 1–8
1905 Lehigh 6–7
Lehigh: 23–20–2
Williams Ephs (Independent) (1907)
1907 Williams 6–3
Williams Ephs (Independent) (1909–1910)
1909 Williams 5–2
1910 Williams 1–3–3
Williams: 12–8–3
Lafayette (Independent) (1911)
1911 Lafayette 3–2
Lafayette: 36–16
Total: 83–58–5
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.


  1. 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".
  2. Newton's birth certificate states that he was born in 1868, but passport application forms state his year of birth as 1872.


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