P. E. Shotwell

Prince Elmer "Pete" Shotwell (August 17, 1893 – February 8, 1978)[1] was an American football coach.

P. E. Shotwell
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Shotwell pictured in The Bronco 1925, Hardin-Simmons yearbook
Biographical details
Born(1893-08-17)August 17, 1893
Canyon, Texas
DiedFebruary 8, 1978(1978-02-08) (aged 84)
Abilene, Texas
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1916–1917Cisco HS (TX)
1918–1923Abilene HS (TX)
1924–1925Simmons (TX)
1926Sul Ross
1927–1934Breckenridge HS (TX)
1935–1945Longview HS (TX)
1946–1952Abilene HS (TX)
1925–1926Simmons (TX)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
Head coaching record
Overall14–10–1 (college football)
255–92–18 (high school football)
Accomplishments and honors
National High School Hall of Fame (1971)
Texas Sports Hall of Fame (1971)

Shotwell was a 1916 graduate of Texas State University. He began coaching at Cisco High School in 1916 and later moved to Abilene High School. His 1923 Abilene Eagles team won all of its 12 games as well as the state championship in one of the strongest defense performances ever, allowing only one touchdown by an opponent during the whole season. After a short stint in the collegiate ranks at Hardin–Simmons University, Shotwell coached at Breckenridge High School, where he won a state championship in 1929. After winning another one at Longview High School in 1937 (the only in school history to date), he returned to Abilene, where he retired in 1952. His overall high school record stands 255–92–18. Shotwell also served as athletic director at McMurry College—now known as McMurry University–from 1956 to 1969.[2]

Shotwell has been honored by the Texas Sports Writers Association, the Texas High School Coaches Association, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1971. The originally named "Public Schools Stadium", the 15,000+ seat venue built in 1959 that serves as home stadium for Abilene HS and Abilene Cooper HS, was renamed “Shotwell Stadium” in his honor.

Head coaching recordEdit

College footballEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Simmons Cowboys (Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1924–1925)
1924 Simmons 2–6
1925 Simmons 7–2 6–1 2nd
Simmons: 9–8
Sul Ross Lobos (Independent) (1926)
1926 Sul Ross 5–2–1
Sul Ross: 5–2–1
Total: 14–10–1

Further readingEdit

  • Cashion, Ty (1998). Pigskin Pulpit: A Social History of Texas High School Football Coaches. Austin: Texas State Historical Association. ISBN 0-87611-168-1.


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