Ralph Thacker
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Ralph Thacker
Ralph Thacker
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Thacker pictured in The Forester 1917, Lake Forest yearbook
Biographical details
Born(1880-09-13)September 13, 1880
DiedApril 12, 1962(1962-04-12) (aged 81)
Alma materOlivet College (B.A., 1909)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1907Central Michigan
1912Nebraska State Normal
1915Lake Forest
1911-1913Nebraska State Normal
1915-1916Lake Forest
Head coaching record
Overall7-22-2 (football)
24-17 (basketball)

Ralph William Thacker (September 13, 1880 - April 12, 1962) was an American football and basketball coach. He served as the head football coach at Central Michigan University in 1907, at Nebraska State Normal School--now known as Peru State College--in 1912, the University of Wyoming from 1913 to 1914, and Lake Forest College in 1915, compiling a career college football record of 7-22-2. Thacker was also the head basketball Nebraska State Normal from 1911 to 1913, at Wyoming from 1913 to 1915, and at Lake Forest for the 1915-16 season. Thacker died on April 12, 1962.[1]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Central Michigan Normalites (Independent) (1907)
1907 Central Michigan 2-4
Central Michigan: 2-4
Nebraska State Normal (1912)
1912 Nebraska State Normal 2-4-2
Nebraska State Normal: 2-4-2
Wyoming Cowboys (Rocky Mountain Conference) (1913-1914)
1913 Wyoming 0-5 0-5 7th
1914 Wyoming 1-5 0-5 8th
Wyoming: 1-10 0-10
Lake Forest Foresters (Little Five Conference) (1915)
1915 Lake Forest 2-4
Lake Forest: 2-4
Total: 7-22-2


  1. ^ "Ralph Thacker, Ex-Coach, Dies". The Lincoln Star. Lincoln, Nebraska. April 13, 1962. p. 3. Retrieved 2016 – via Newspapers.com open access.

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