Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Clark Shaughnessy

Clark Shaughnessy


  • Position: Coach
  • School: Tulane, Loyola (LA), Chicago, Stanford, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Hawaii
  • Years: 1915-1965
  • Inducted: 1968
  • Place of Birth: St. Cloud, MN
  • Date of Birth: Mar 06, 1892
  • Place of Death: Santa Monica, CA
  • Date of Death: May 15, 1970

Member Biography

He was the father of the "modern" T-Formation. While coaching at the University of Chicago (1933-1939), Clark Shaughnessy became intrigued by the pro-T being used by George Halas and the Chicago Bears. He began dreaming of ways to improve the offensive set. Then Chicago dropped football. Shaughnessy was out of work - but not for long. Stanford signed him for the 1940 season and he shocked the collegiate football world with the announcement he planned to install the "T" as his primary formation. "If Stanford wins a single game with that crazy formation, you can throw all the football I ever knew into the Pacific Ocean," proclaimed Glenn "Pop" Warner. Stanford went 10-0-0 that year, including a 21-13 victory over Nebraska in the Rose Bowl. Shaughnessy earned Coach of the Year honors for his 1940 efforts. Within the next 10 years, all but a half-dozen schools had switched to the Shaughnessy "T". A native of St. Cloud, Minnesota, Shaughnessy starred for the Minnesota teams of 1911 through 1913 before taking his first coaching job at age 23 at Tulane (1915-1926). He subsequently coached Loyola (New Orleans), Chicago, Stanford, Maryland, Pittsburgh, the NFL's Los Angeles Rams 1948-49, and back to the college game for one year, 1965, at Hawaii. His college record was 151-116- 17. Shaughnessy was born March 6, 1892, in St. Cloud, Minnesota; he died May 15, 1970, in Santa Monica, California.