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James Nollner "Stein" Stone Sr.[1] (April 18, 1882 – August 25, 1926) was an American football and basketball player and coach. "Stein" is the German for stone.[2]

Stein Stone
J. N. Stone (Taps 1909).png
Biographical details
Born(1882-04-18)April 18, 1882
DiedAugust 25, 1926(1926-08-25) (aged 44)
Nashville, Tennessee
Alma materVanderbilt University (1908)
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record
Overall1–6 (football)
7–6–1 (basketball)
Accomplishments and honors
4x All-Southern (1904–1907)
AP Southeast All-Time football team 1869–1919 era
1912 All-time Vandy 1st team
1934 All-time Vandy team

Vanderbilt UniversityEdit

At Vanderbilt he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.[3][4]


He was a four time All-Southern center for Dan McGugin's Vanderbilt football teams, selected for the position on all-time Vanderbilt teams in 1912 and 1934.[5][6] He was also selected for an Associated Press Southeast Area All-Time football team 1869–1919 era.[7] On another all-time team of Southerners, one finds "For center we shove in Stein Stone of Vanderbilt, who is about as good as man as the South ever saw. Vanderbilt will have about eight of these eleven men."[8] He was some 6 foot 3 and 180 pounds.[9]


In the 1907 game against Michigan, "In the duel of centers, Stone of Vanderbilt, had the best of "Germany" Schulz. Michigan's massive center. Stone's play was spectacular all the way."[10] His catch on a double-pass play then thrown near the end zone by Bob Blake[11] to set up the touchdown run in by Honus Craig that beat Sewanee, for the SIAA championship in 1907, was cited by Grantland Rice as the greatest thrill he ever witnessed in his years of watching sports.[12]


On top of this, Stein was supposedly "the finest basketball player in Dixie."[13]

Coaching careerEdit

He served as the head coach of the Clemson college football program in 1908.[14] The Tigers won just a single game, though captain Stick Coles was selected second-team All-Southern. Stein later worked as an engineer in Bristol, Tennessee, where he and his wife, the former Camille Evans, whom he married in 1911, lived.[15][16]

He died in 1926 in Nashville of lung and oral cancer. He is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville.[17][18]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Clemson Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1908)
1908 Clemson 1–6 1–4 11th
Clemson: 1–6 1–4
Total: 1–6


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Vanderbilt Commodores (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1905–1908)
1906–07 Vanderbilt 7–6–1
Vanderbilt: 7–6–1
Total: 7–6–1


  1. ^ ""Who's who" among Vanderbilt men and women". Alumni Directory. 1: 478. March 1923.
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  3. ^ "The Rainbow". The Rainbow of Delta Tau Delta. 32: 56. 1909.
  4. ^ "University News". Vanderbilt University Quarterly. 8: 269. 1908.
  5. ^ Vanderbilt University (1913). Vanderbilt University Quarterly. 13. p. 56.
  6. ^ Vanderbilt University (1934). The Commodore. p. 126.
  7. ^ "U-T Greats On All-Time Southeast Team". Kingsport Post. July 31, 1969.
  8. ^ "All Southern Eleven". Abilene Semi Weekly Farm Reporter. December 20, 1908. p. 7. Retrieved May 19, 2016 – via  
  9. ^ "The Football Season of 1904". Vanderbilt University Quarterly. 5: 62–69.
  10. ^ "Vanderbilt Beaten By Yost's Men". The Washington Times. November 3, 1907. Retrieved May 1, 2015 – via  
  11. ^ "Claiming Rampant". The Miami News. February 9, 1954.
  12. ^ "Grantland Rice Tells Of Greatest Thrill In Years Of Watching Sport". Boston Daily Globe. April 27, 1924. ProQuest 497709192.
  13. ^ Alexander M. Weyand (1960). The Cavalcade of Basketball. p. 48.
  14. ^ ""Stein" Stone Has A Hustling Squad". October 16, 1908. p. 6. Retrieved December 15, 2016 – via  
  15. ^ "Marriages". Vanderbilt University Quarterly. 11: 57. 1911.
  16. ^ "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918" index and images, FamilySearch : accessed November 5, 2014), James Nollner Stone, 1917–1918.
  17. ^ "Tennessee, Death Records, 1914-1955," index and images, FamilySearch : accessed November 5, 2014), James Nellner Stone, August 25, 1926; citing Mt Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, cn 18959a, State Library and Archives, Nashville; FHL microfilm 1876717.
  18. ^ Tennessee Death Records, Ancestry