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Russell Edwards Sprong (July 4, 1894 – February 9, 1956) was an American football and basketball coach. He was the fifth head football coach at Northwest Missouri State Teacher's College—now known as Northwest Missouri State University—in Maryville, Missouri, serving for one season, in 1921, and compiling a record of 2–6. Sprong was also he head basketball coach at Northwest Missouri State for the 1921–22 season, tallying a mark of 0–15.

Russell Sprong
Biographical details
Born(1894-07-05)July 5, 1894
Leavenworth County, Kansas
DiedFebruary 9, 1956(1956-02-09) (aged 61)
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1920Drake (line)
1921Northwest Missouri State
1923–1924Rubidoux Polytechnic HS (MO)
1925–?Long Beach HS (CA)
1921–1922Northwest Missouri State
Head coaching record
Overall2–6 (college football)
0–15 (college basketball)

Sprong graduated from Des Moines High School in Des Moines, Iowa before he attended Drake University, where he played college football. He was the line coach at Drake in 1920. After his stint at Northwest Missouri State, he was the freshman coach at the University of Kansas, where he also earned a master's degree. Following two years of coaching at Rubidoux Polytechnic High School in St. Joseph, Missouri, Sprong was hired in September 1925 as head football coach and physical education instructor at Long Beach High School in Long Beach, California.[1]


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College footballEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Northwest Missouri State Bearcats (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1921)
1921 Northwest Missouri State 2–6
Northwest Missouri State: 2–6
Total: 2–6


  1. ^ "Pick Long Beach Coach—Russell Sprong, Former Athletic Director, to Coach Jackrabbit Gridders This Fall". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. September 11, 1925. p. 39. Retrieved August 10, 2019 – via  .

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