Bill Hargiss

  • KSHOF Charter Inductee
  • Outstanding player and coach at Emporia State
Hargiss, Bill
Inducted 1961

Born: September 1, 1887 - Cherokee County, Kansas

Died: October 15, 1978 – Lawrence, Kansas

Graduated: Beulah (KS) H.S., 1905; Kansas State Normal (Emporia State University), 1909.


Homer Woodson “Bill” Hargiss earned 16 collegiate athletic letters in four years at Kansas State Normal (Emporia State University), before becoming one of the most innovative coaches in college football history. He was one of the first coaches in the United States to use the forward pass, shift to an unbalanced line, to use the T–formation, and the huddle.

High School Career

He was a three–sport standout at Beulah (KS) High School where he led the football team to an undefeated season.

College Highlights

Hargiss participated in football, basketball, track and field, baseball, gymnastics, and boxing at Kansas State Normal and was named captain five times.

Coaching Career

Hargiss was the head football coach at the University of Kansas for five years and the track and field coach for 10 years.  He also coached at Oregon State and Kansas State Normal to four football and seven track championships and is perhaps the only man to coach five world record holders – John Kuck, Glenn Cunningham, Jim Bausch, Clyde Coffman and Peter Mehringer. His 1926 football team at Kansas State Normal was unbeaten in seven games and allowed just three points the entire season.


Hargis was inducted into the NAIA Track and Field Hall of Fame.