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"Clipper” Smith and Harry Stuhldreher shaking Hands, [1925].
(Courtesy of the University Archives)

Harry Stuhldreher, “Stuhlie,” the 17th head coach at Villanova, spent 11 years directing the Villanova Football team (1925-35) with only one loosing season, before moving on to coach at Wisconsin. He was succeeded by Maurice J. “Clipper” Smith who lead the Villanova Football team from 1936 to 1942. Clipper Smith eventually went on to coach professional football.

Tickets, 1938 Football Season.*
Donated to Villanova University Archives by Margaret McDevitt, wife of the late Edward J. McDevitt (Class of 1937).
(Courtesy of the University Archives)

Western Union Telegram, April 24, 1936.
To Rev. Edward Stanford (President, Villanova College) from Maurice J. “Clipper” Smith.
(Courtesy of the University Archives)

Villanova Coach Maurice “Clipper” Smith.*
The Temple Illustrated, November 9, 1940, [p. 9].
(Courtesy of the University Archives)

“Clipper” Steered Wildcats Toward Success.*
Reprint from The Catholic Standard and Times, July 14, 1988.
(Courtesy of the University Archives)


Bringing Gridiron Glory Back to the Main Line, Coach Talley.
Main Line Times, Sunday, November 3, 1985, p. 46.
(Courtesy of the University Archives)

Letter from Harry Stuhldreher to Rev. Joseph Hickey (President, Villanova College), March 12, 1925.
(Courtesy of the University Archives)


Football is Back : Trustees Vote to Restore Football at 1AA; Alumni, Students Overjoyed by Decision. James H. DeLorenzo and Leonard J. LaBarth. The Villanovan, (A Special Edition), Vol.1, no.1, December 16, 1983.*
(Courtesy of the University Archives)

* Not all the items in this exhibit were digitized, however, bibliographic information is provided for every item that was on display.