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Leigh C. Turner

Leigh C. Turner
Sport(s) Football, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1879-02-11)February 11, 1879
Ross, Ohio
Died January 1971 (aged 91)
Playing career


Miami (OH)

Position(s) Tackle (football)
Catcher, center fielder (baseball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)

Michigan (assistant)
Syracuse (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 5–8
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
2nd team All-American, 1903 (Caspar Whitney)
3rd team All-American, 1903 (Walter Camp)

Leigh Cilley "Old Head" Turner (February 11, 1879 – January 1971) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Hamilton College for one season in 1904 and at Purdue University for one season in 1907, compiling a career college football record of 5–8. Turner played football at Dartmouth College and served as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan under Fielding H. Yost in 1905. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1906.


  • Undergraduate student and athlete 1
  • Law school 2
  • College coach 3
  • Head coaching record 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Undergraduate student and athlete

Turner was born on February 11, 1879 in Ross, Ohio.[1] Nicknamed "Old Head", he attended Miami University where he was a member of the football team.[2] He lettered in football in 1901. That year he played tackle and was team captain and under coach Thomas Hazzard. The team went 1–3–1 with the only victory being a 23–6 victory over Antioch.[3] He later transfer to Dartmouth College where he lettered in football in 1903. He helped the 1903 Big Green football team, coached by Fred Folsom, to a 9–1 record including the school's first-ever win over Harvard.[4] Turner scored both touchdowns in the 11–0 victory over Harvard.[5] After the 1903 season he was named 2nd team All-American by Caspar Whitney in Outing magazine and 3rd team All-American by Walter Camp in Collier's Weekly.[4][6][7] Included on the 1903 All-American Team were several other Big Green teammates including Henry Hooper at center, Joseph Gilman at guard and Kyron Witham at quarterback.[4]

Law school

Turner attended the University of Michigan Law School where he graduated in 1906. He was active student including being a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity[8] and played center fielder and catcher on the Michigan baseball team.[9] Turner helped the 1904 Wolverines to a 10–5 record finishing 4–5 in the conference.[10]

College coach

After graduating from Dartmouth, Turner became head football coach of Hamilton College for the 1904 season. That season he completed a 5–3 record.[11] The following year, while he was attending law school, he became an assistant football coach at the University of Michigan under Fielding H. Yost. As part of his duties he was in charge of the freshman team.[12] In 1906, after he graduated from Michigan Law School, he moved to Syracuse, New York to practice law.[13] In the fall of that year he became an assistant football coach at Syracuse University under Hall of Fame coach Frank "Buck" O'Neill.[14] In 1906 he became head football coach at Purdue University where he completed a 0–5 record in his only year coaching the Boilermakers. His team only scored 10 points the entire season and he was replaced by Frederick A. Speik.[15]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Hamilton Continentals (Independent) (1904)
1904 Hamilton 5–3
Hamilton: 5–3
Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten Conference) (1907)
1907 Purdue 0–5 0–3 T–6th
Purdue: 0–5 0–3
Total: 5–8


  1. ^ Emerson, Charles Franklin (1911). General Catalogue of Dartmouth College and the Associated Schools 1769-1910.  
  2. ^ "A Famous Miami Player". Miami Student (Oxford, Ohio: The Students of Miami University) 27 (3): 21. December 1907. 
  3. ^ "Miami 2009 Football Fan Guide". Miami University. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  4. ^ a b c "2009 Dartmouth Big Green Football Media Guide". 
  5. ^ "University Notes". Miami Student. XXIII (3): 91. December 1903. 
  6. ^ "Walter Camp Names All American Team". The Trenton Times. 1903-12-10. 
  7. ^ "Syracuse Gets No Place: Not Included In Caspar Whitney's Ranking Of Football Elevens". The Evening Herald (Syracuse, NY). 1903-12-27. 
  8. ^ "Kent-Michigan Law School". The Brief:a quarterly magazine of the law (, Lanchaster PA, and New York, New York: Phi Delta Phi) 6: 65. 1906. 
  9. ^ "University Notes". Miami Student. XXIII (8): 257. May 1904. 
  10. ^ Adler, Rich (2004), Baseball at the University of Michigan, Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, p. 43,  
  11. ^ "Football: History: Coaching Record". Hamilton College. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ Michigan Alumnus 6, Ann Arbor, MI: The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, 1907, p. 359 
  14. ^ "All-Time Syracuse Football Coaching Staffs". Syracuse University. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  15. ^ "2010 Purdue Football Information Guide". Purdue University. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 

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