Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Percy Haughton

Percy Haughton


  • 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 Biography

The 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 represents."