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Clyde Littlefield, future UT coach, born in Pennsylvania
October 6th, 1892
On this day in 1892, Clyde Littlefield, athlete and track coach, was born in Oil City, Pennsylvania. His family moved to Spindletop, Texas, in 1904. He was an outstanding athlete at the University of Texas, to which he returned as a coach in 1920. Littlefield served as track coach for the next forty-one years. His teams won twenty-five Southwest Conference titles, and many of his athletes became NCAA champions, All-Americans, and Olympic contestants. He was cofounder in 1925 of the Texas Relays. He was on the coaching staff for the United States at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. Not only was he a track coach, but he served from 1927 to 1933 as UT's head football coach and won two Southwest Conference championships. He died in 1981.