A new head football coach for the University of Arizona was
named to replace Bob Winslow, who resigned at the end of 1951. The
new coach wasted no time in naming a couple of his assistants.
From the front page of the Arizona Daily Star, Feb. 1, 1952:
Woodson Is Chosen New
Warren Woodson, Hardin-Simmons football coach and athletic
director, was named to replace Bob Winslow yesterday as head mentor
of the Arizona varsity.
Last night Woodson selected Henry Stanton, former Wildcat great,
as end coach and retained Odis Crowell as line coach.
In a telephone interview with the Arizona Daily Star from his
home in Abilene, Tex., Woodson also said that he hopes to name his
new backfield coach shortly.
Ned Mathews, current UA backfield coach, and End Coach Don
Vosberg will not be retained on the staff, Woodson said. Both
intend to remain in Tucson in business.
Woodson is a native of Fort Worth, Tex. A light 132-pounder, he
was a reserve on great Baylor football teams. In 1927 he coached at
Texarkana Junior College and won 52, lost 21 and tied six through
1934. He moved to Arkansas State Teachers' College in 1935 and in
six seasons had a record of 40 wins, seven losses and three
The 48-year-old veteran coach took over at Hardin-Simmons in
1941. He piloted the Cowboys to one Border conference championship
and two ties. His eight-year record there shows 58 wins, 23 losses
and six ties.
At Arizona Woodson will begin his 23rd season of coaching. He is
married and has a six-year-old daughter, Dawn. Woodson said
yesterday that he will arrive in Tucson next Tuesday and begin
spring practice here Feb. 11.
Stanton was a Little All-America end for Arizona in 1941 and set
three national pass catching records, one of which still stands.
Crowell came to Arizona from West Texas last year.
In announcing the appointment of Woodson, Dr. Richard A.
Harvill, University of Arizona president, made the following
"I believe that Mr. Woodson is splendidly qualified for the
position of head football coach and professor of physical education
at the University of Arizona. He has enjoyed many years of
experience and has demonstrated outstanding ability as a teacher
and a coach. He possesses the personal and professional
qualifications that we seek in the person who is to provide the
leadership for the kind of a football program we have in mind at
the University of Arizona.
"He was selected from a list of more than 75 applicants who are
from all parts of the United States. We have been gratified in
being able to make a choice from a number of well-qualified
At Hardin-Simmons President Rupert N. Richardson said that the
school is already working on a replacement for Woodson.
President Richardson added: "We deeply appreciate the
extraordinary record which Mr. Woodson made at Hardin-Simmons and
wish him every success in his new post. We appreciated him not only
as a coach but as a man of character on and off the football
The Sports section featured more information about the new
coach. He said he would aim for first place in the Border
conference, although any coach worth his salt should say that. One
must always strive for the top.
From the Sports section of the Star, Feb. 1, 1952:
Woodson Eyes Top BC Spot for
UA Grid Club
New Arizona Football
Wildcats Will Aim for First Place in Circuit,
Despite Extra-Strong Competition
By ABE CHANIN
Star Sports Writer
Arizona football will aim for the top of the Border conference
under its newly-appointed head coach, the veteran Warren Woodson of
In a telephone interview with the Arizona Daily Star yesterday
Woodson said that although he knows the 1952 Border conference will
have many very strong teams, "we'll aim for the top."
The 48-year-old coach had several strong recommendations for his
appointment at Arizona:
1)—He won the 1946 BC championship and tied for two others.
2)—His Hardin-Simmons teams defeated Arizona in five of seven
meetings and, rather incidentally, his Cowboys won eight straight
3)—His plans for Arizona football are co-ordinated with the
administration's desires which were announced as no further
emphasis on the sport but no de-emphasis.
4)—Although he was given free reign to pick a staff of
assistants, he took suggestions that he have an Arizona
Woodson's choice of an Arizona product was Hank Stanton as end
coach. Big Hank is called Arizona's all-time greatest offensive
end. In 1941, Stanton, who came to Arizona from Clifton, set a
national record of 50 catches in one season for 820 yards gained
and an average of 82 yards per game. He was first team Little
All-American and played in the East-West game in 1941.
Stanton graduated that year and in between military service,
played pro ball with the New York Giants. After the war, Hank went
to Tempe to finish out work towards (sic) his master's degree and
then went on the Tempe staff as end coach.
Odie Crowell, retained as line coach by Woodson, came to Arizona
last year after turning out a brilliant line at West Texas State.
He was a professional star on the line for the San Francisco
Woodson was still undecided as to his backfield coaching
The dark-haired new head coach was very pleased with his
"Arizona is tops to me," Woodson said over the phone from
Abilene, Tex. "If I looked all over the country at coaching jobs, I
would pick Arizona. I like the climate out there. They have dry
weather at Tucson they tell me. You know that is good for passing
and we're going to pass a lot at Arizona. Fans like a wide open
game with lots of passing.
"Allan Stanton looked very good to me as a passer. Yes, we'll do
an awful lot of passing."
Woodson said his aim is to do the best with what is available at
"First I want to fit the football program in with Arizona's
wants. And I want to stay within bounds of reason with the
administration's plans. The Border conference will be very tough in
1952 but we will aim at the top.
"Tempe is already ahead of us. Texas Tech is ahead of everyone.
That's natural enough. They are working hard at Lubbuck. They are
good now and they will be better in the future."
Woodson has already set spring practice for Feb. 11. His plans
for the spring drills are:
"We'll work on the fundamentals first. By fundamentals I mean
everything. How to pass; how to catch passes; how to block and
tackle. I understand that is the usual practice there."
After spring practiuce the first thing Woodson said he will do
is to go after Arizona high school material. "We are going to try
to convince them that the University of Arizona is the place where
Woodson said he hasn't had a chance to do any recruiting in
Texas and hasn't any junior college transfers coming to enroll here
for the second semester.
"I just didn't have time to do anything. I didn't have the
authority to speak for Arizona until this morning (Thursday). What
boys I have talked to, I guess are going to Hardin-Simmons."
Woodson said he will install the winged-T formation and, of
course, promises plenty of passing. As far as the potential of
present Arizona material, Woodson remarked: "It wouldn't be fair to
the boys to say anything now. But I'll be able to tell you right
after we finish with spring training."
Well, we all know the feeling of optimism a new coach brings to
the team as many of us feel that way now with new UA Football Coach