Case 4

Glen Scobey Warner

Coached Pitt to Three National Championships

Glenn Scobey Warner (1871 – 1954)
Nickname: Pop Warner


Pop Warner was an American football player at Cornell who went on to almost fashion football for the future.  His famed coaching career included over 10 teams between the years of 1896 - 1939.  These included the University of Pittsburgh and Stanford whose teams won multiple national championships.


He was the first to coach the dummy- scrimmage; he introduced the practice of numbering plays; he was the first to teach the spiral punt and one of the first to advocate the spiral pass; he was the first to use the football huddle; he invented the double-wing formation, with an unbalanced line for more blocking strength.  Warner also helped start the popular youth American football organization, Pop Warner Little Scholars.