Sumner Dole

Sumner Dole (1892-1997)

Teams coached: UMass Minutemen, Connecticut Huskies
UMass record: 6-10 (.375)
Connecticut record: 39-25 (.609)
Overall record: 45-35 (.563)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1923-1927 Connecticut
1917-1918 UMass

Sumner Dole Facts

  • Sumner Alvord Dole
  • Born 1892
  • Died January 22, 1997
  • Hometown: Shelburne, Massachusetts
  • Alma Mater: Massachusetts Agricultural College (BA)
  • Played football at what is now UMass, later starting his coaching career at the school
    • Coached the UMass basketball team for the 1917-18 season, going 6-10
  • At UConn, Dole coached the football, basketball and baseball teams
    • In four seasons with the basketball program, Dole was 39-25 overall and won two New England titles
    • His football teams were 36-39-14 overall (1923-33) and his baseball teams were 64-90-2 (1924-35)
    • From 1932-48, he served as the men’s dean at the University; also started the school’s women’s basketball team
  • During World War II, Dole served as a lieutenant commander in the United States Coast Guard
  • Was commissioner of the New England Intercollegiate Football Association until 1979
  • Passed away in 1997 in New Hampshire at the age of 104

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