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George McGaughey

Football (Inducted: 1982-83)

George  McGaughey


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George McGaughey served Lafayette College for 32 years as an assistant football coach and director of intramurals, beginning in 1937 when head football coach "Hook" Mylin persuaded McGaughey to join him in Easton. His tenure began with the Leopards going 8-0 that season. "That was our best defensive team," said McGaughey. "We only allowed one touchdown to be scored on us and that was on an intercepted pass that was returned."

Three years later it was the offense that led Lafayette to a 9-0 record. The Leopards averaged 26 points and rushed for 2,758 yards that season, a school record that still stands. In 1942, McGaughey joined the armed forces, but renewed his association with the college again in 1950 under "Clipper" Smith as varsity line coach and head freshman coach. He bowed out of coaching in 1964, after 19 seasons, but continued as director of intramurals until his retirement in 1977. A 1935 graduate of Bucknell, this Vandergrift, PA native earned honorable mention All-America honors as a senior and helped the Bison to a 26-0 win over Miami in the first Orange Bowl. In 1982, McGaughey was inducted into Bucknell's Athletic Hall of Fame.