Football Coaching Staff
Dr. Langdon Frothingham
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Harvard
  • Nebraska Head Coach, 1890
  • Nebraska Record: 2-0-0 (1.000)

A faculty member, Dr. Langdon Frothingham helped the first Nebraska squad become one of only two in the history of NU football to go unbeaten and unscored upon. In two games, NU's Old Gold Knights (Cornhuskers did not become Nebraska's nickname until 1900) outscored the opposition, 28-0, including a 10-0 win over the Omaha YMCA in the first game in school history on Nov. 27, 1890.

The only other game during the 1890 season was actually played in 1891, as NU rolled to an 18-0 win at Doane College in Crete, Neb., on Feb. 14.

Dr. Frothingham broke his leg while scrimmaging with the team in preparation for the Doane game and may have coached the team from the sideline on crutches.

Frothingham came to Lincoln from Harvard and taught agriculture and bacteriology at Nebraska and was a pioneer in veterinary pathology. In 1895, as an assistant in bacteriology and veterinary science at Yale's Sheffield Scientific School, Frothingham wrote Laboratory Guide for the Bacteriologist, which was published by W.B. Saunders in Philadelphia.

Although a link cannot be confirmed, perhaps it is more than a coincidence that Nebraska's first official football coach, Frank Crawford (1893-94), was an 1886 graduate of Yale and was a member of the football team during Frothingham's time on the Yale campus.

Frothingham was born in 1866 and passed away in 1935.