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Leonard Blaine "Stub" Allison
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Birth: Nov. 15, 1892
Wabasha County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Dec. 12, 1961
Alameda County
California, USA

Leonard Blaine "Stub" Allison-He was an American football, basketball, and baseball coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Washington (1920), the University of South Dakota (19221926), at the University of California, Berkeley (19351944), compiling a career college football record of 80665. At California, Allison amassed a 58422 record. In 1937 and 1938, he guided the Bears to back-to-back ten-win seasons, the only such occurrence in school history. His 1937 squad, dubbed the "Thunder Team", won the 1938 Rose Bowl, was named the national champions by a number of selectors, and is considered by some sportswriters to have been the best team in school history. While at Washington, Allison also coached the baseball team, in 1920 and 1921, and the basketball team, in 1920. Allison was born in Mazeppa, Minnesota and raised in Anoka, Minnesota by Alexander J. & Elizabeth Hauxhurst Allison. He attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he played football. He graduated from Carleton in 1917. He also served for four years in the United States Army. In its obituary for Allison, The Milwaukee Journal called him a Knute Rockne disciple who mostly relied on the single-wing offense. Allison's first coaching experience came on the staff of his former college coach Claude J. Hunt, at the University of Washington in 1919. The following season, he took over as head coach, and his team amassed a 15 record. At Washington, Allison also spent time as the head coach of the baseball and basketball teams. In 1920, he led the basketball team to a 78 record, and in 1920 and 1921, he led the baseball team to 741 and 84 records, respectively. Allison served as head coach at the University of South Dakota from 1922 to 1926 and compiled a 21193 mark. He then moved on to the University of Wisconsin, where he was the head boxing instructor, football line coach, and assistant athletic director from 1927 until 1931. That year, he went to the University of California, Berkeley to take a position as an assistant football coach. He became the head coach at California for the 1935 season. The ESPN College Football Encyclopedia rates the 1937 California team as the best in school history. Allison led the "Thunder Team" (a play on California's "Wonder Teams" of the 1920s) to the Rose Bowl, where they defeated Alabama, 130, to finish with a 1001 record. ESPN noted that team relied on "power runs and a nasty, opportunistic defense that allowed only 33 points and shut out seven teams." Allison's final record at California was 58422. Aside from being named national champions in 1937, under Allison, California captured a share of the Pacific Coast Conference title in 1935 and 1938, and outright in 1937. In April 1945, after Allison declined the opportunity to resign, California notified him that they would not renew his expiring contract. The Pittsburgh Press noted that after peaking in 1937, "five dismal years were climaxed last fall" in 1944, and that his firing was "no surprise since it was well known that an influential alumni bloc was lobbying against him on grounds that he shackled good material with a dull offense." From about 1946 until his death, Allison was the director of industrial relations at the Oakland Naval Supply Center. Allison died on December 12, 1961 in the Alta Bates Hospital in Oakland, California hospital, to which he had been confined for three weeks because of a heart ailment. He was 69 years old and survived by his wife Ethyl. 
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Record added: Feb 05, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104693909
Leonard Blaine Stub Allison
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Leonard Blaine Stub Allison
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