Thomas L. McFadden
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Thomas L. McFadden
Thomas McFadden
Biographical details
Born(1878-04-24)April 24, 1878
Placentia, California
Died(1963-02-27)February 27, 1963
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1901-1902Pacific (OR)
1903Oregon Agricultural
Head coaching record

Thomas Lewis McFadden (April 24, 1878 - February 27, 1963) was an American college football player at Stanford University who was also a football coach at Pacific University, Oregon Agricultural College, and DePauw University.

Early life and career

McFadden was born to William and Sarah McFadden, who were among the early settlers in Placentia, California.[1][2]

He attended Fullerton Union High School, and graduated from Stanford University in 1900 where he played on the school's football team.[2][3] He attended Stanford Law School, and was admitted to the bar in 1903.[2][4]

College coaching career

While enrolled at law school, McFadden began coaching college football, first at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon for the 1901 and 1902 seasons, earning a record of 0-1-1 the first season and 2-4 the second for an overall record 2-5-1.[2][5] In 1903, McFadden coached one season at Oregon Agricultural College[6] with a record of 2-4-1.[2][7][8] In 1904, McFadden coached one season for DePauw, ending with a record of 8-2.[2][9]

After football

McFadden worked as an attorney in Bellingham, Washington from 1908 to 1912, when he married Lucana Forster and returned to Placentia to continue his practice.[2] He died on February 27, 1963 at the age of 84. He was buried in Fullerton, California.[10]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Pacific Boxers (Independent) (1901-1902)
1901 Pacific 0-1-1
1902 Pacific 2-4
Pacific: 2-5-1
Oregon Agricultural Aggies (Independent) (1903)
1903 Oregon Agricultural 2-4-1
Oregon Agricultural: 2-4-1
DePauw (Independent) (1904)
1904 DePauw 8-2
DePauw: 8-2
Total: 12-11-2


  1. ^ "Placentia official website". Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Armor, Samuel (1921). "History of Orange County, California". Los Angeles, California: Historic Records Company. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ "Stanford Football Media Guide" (PDF). p. 188. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ "Thomas Lewis McFadden". State Bar of California. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ "Pacific University - 1902". College Football Reference. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ "McFadden coaching the farmers". The Morning Oregonian. November 18, 1903. p. 7.
  7. ^ "Oregon State University - 1903". College Football Reference. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved 2010.
  8. ^ "19 Coaches Listed on Aggies Record". The Sunday Oregonian. October 30, 1927. p. 73.
  9. ^ "Coaching Record: McFadden". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010.
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