- Position: Coach
- School: Cornell, Harvard, Columbia
- Years: 1899-1924
- Inducted: 1951
- Place of Birth: Staten Island, NY
- Date of Birth: Jul 11, 1876
- Place of Death: New York, NY
- Date of Death: Oct 27, 1924
Member BiographyThe Columbia coach was near death on October 27, 1924.
Percy Haughton had been a hard-driving man, yet his final
words were ones of gratitude and respect for his players. Just
before the end, Haughton whispered, "Tell the squad I'm
proud of them." Indeed, Haughton was a human contradiction
but a gifted coach in a career that stretched a broken path
from 1899 to 1924 and included tenures at Cornell (1899-
1900), Harvard (1908-1916) and Columbia (1923-1924).
His overall record was 91-17-6, and his Harvard teams
enjoyed an unbeaten streak (30-0-3) of 33 games in 1911-15.
With the Crimson, Haughton was 71-7-5 over the 9 seasons.
Haughton had starred with Harvard in his playing days, and
even then, his shrewd, innovative mind was evident. Later, he
would become the first to deploy the hidden-ball trick and the
"Mouse Trap" play, in which his defense would allow the
enemy through the line before chopping him down from the
side. In his book, FOOTBALL AND HOW TO WATCH
IT, Percy wrote, "Football is a miniature war game played
under somewhat more civilized rules of conduct, in which the
team becomes the military force of the school or university it