He became the Steelers coach in 1935 directing the young franchise to their best record yet at 4 wins and 8 losses followed by the 1936 campaign in which he coached the Steelers to their first ever non-losing season at 6 wins and 6 losses. He retired following 1936 to go back into college football.
In 1952 he once again became the head coach for the Steelers and this time installed the T-formation for the team, Pittsburgh had been the last franchise to operate the single wing. He continued as head coach through the 1954 season. He produced a 5-7 result during his first and last season with the team but in 1953 posted a .500 record with a 6 win and 6 loss season.
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