New Head Coach Named

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Friday, February 2, 1959.

J. Ralph Brown, last season’s line coach for the Blues, succeeded Dick Godlove as head football coach of the Washburn Ichabods in an announcement made by President Stoffer, Sunday afternoon.

Coach Brown is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where she played center on the 1947 Jayhawk Orange Bowl team. He is a native of Newton, Kansas, and is 32 years old.

The new Ichabod mentor began his coaching career in 1950 at Sublette, Kansas, high school, where he won 16, lost seven and tied one in three seasons. He then went to Junction City in 1953, where he wind seven, lost one and tied one. In 1954, he moved to Emporia High School, where, over a four year period, his teams compiled a 25-10-1 record. In eight years of high school coaching, Brown’s teams have won 48, lost 18 and tied three.

Dick Godlove will remain as director of athletics and head of the health and physical education department, and will also serve as track coach. In his 13 years as Ichabod mentor, Godlove had a 68-42-4 record, and he coached three Co-CIC championship teams and four second place clubs.

In his announcement Dr. Stoffer said, “Ralph Brown has proven himself to be a valuable member of the Washburn faculty and staff. This is a well-deserved advancement. At the same time, it will permit Dick Godlove to devote more time to his administrative duties as director of athletics and head of the expanding department of health and physical education.”