Rice Institute coach and athletic director Philip H. Arbuckle
Black and white photograph of Rice Institute coach and athletic director Philip H. Arbuckle, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: PHILIP H. ARBUCKLE not only was Rice’s first coach and athletic director, in his 10 years, he also was Rice’s winningest coach. Arbuckle’s teams won 48, lost 26 and tied eight for a winning percentage of 58.5 per cent. He had only one losing season . . . his last in 1923. This tops even Jess Neely’s great record over 27 years (51.4 per cent). A former University of Illinois football, baseball and basketball player from the Illinois farm country, Coach Arbuckle took his Ph.D (Bachelor of Philosophy) from Chicago U. in 1906, studying coaching under the late Alonzo A. Staff. By 1908 he had been brought to Southwestern in Georgetown where he turned that pioneer Texas institution’s athletic program completely around in four years. Going with Rice before the Institute opened in 1912, Arbuckle proved to be not only capable as a coach but a smart salesman. He needed top boys. He recruited them by driving home two points . . . Rice offered a superior education and Houston offered a wonderful after-life opportunity. In those days when many good athletes were solid students, this pitch won. In his fifth year (1916) Rice got the cream of the high school crop. By then he had beaten A&M and Baylor, and was ready to win over Texas in 1917. Coach Arbuckle was not year 50 years old in 1932 when he died of a heart condition. He was married to Georgia Ruth Curtin. They had three children – Phil H., Jr. of Houston, H. M. Arbuckle of Clear Lake and Mrs. Joe Russell, Jr., Richmond. Phil and Mrs. Russell attended Rice.
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