Fred Pancoast

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Fred Pancoast
Biographical details
Born c. 1932
Pensacola, Florida
Playing career
1950s Tampa
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1959–1961 Tampa (assistant)
1962–1963 Tampa
1964–1969 Florida (OC/QB)
1970–1971 Georgia (OC)
1972–1974 Memphis State
1975–1978 Vanderbilt
Head coaching record
Overall 40–52–4
Bowls 0–2–1

Fred Pancoast (born c. 1932) is a human resources executive and former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Tampa (1962–1963), Memphis State University, now the University of Memphis, (1972–1974), and Vanderbilt University (1975–1978), compiling a career college football record of 40–52–4.

Pancoast was born in Pensacola, Florida and graduated from Pensacola High School in 1949. He played football at the University of Tampa and was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1967.[1] After graduating from college, he served in the United States Marine Corps and later became an educator. Pancoast also coached at Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Florida.

From 1962 to 1963, Pancoast served as the head football coach at Tampa. From 1964 to 1969, he held the offensive coordinator position at University of Florida. He also served as the school's quarterback coach, where he coached Heisman Trophy winner, Steve Spurrier. From 1970 to 1971, he was the offensive coordinator at University of Georgia.

From 1972 to 1974, Pancoast guided Memphis to a 20–12–1 record. He didn't enjoy the same success at Vanderbilt, where he coached from 1975 to 1978. He compiled a 13–31 record there. In his final three seasons, he posted three straight 2–9 records.

After coaching football, Pancoast went into human resources. In 1980, he took a job with Murray Manufacturing Company as director of human resources. In 1985, Pancoast founded Pancoast Benefits, an employee benefits marketing and consulting firm.[2]

He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2008 he was given the President’s Volunteer Service Award by President George W. Bush. [3] In 2011, he received the Fred Russell Distinguished American Award from the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.[4]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Tampa Spartans (Independent) (1962–1963)
1962 Tampa 2–5–2
1963 Tampa 5–4–1
Tampa: 7–9–3
Memphis State Tigers (Missouri Valley Conference) (1972)
1972 Memphis State 5–5–1 3–2 5th
Memphis State Tigers (NCAA Division I independent) (1973–1974)
1973 Memphis State 8–3
1974 Memphis State 7–4
Memphis State: 20–12–1 3–2
Vanderbilt Commodores (Southeastern Conference) (1975–1978)
1975 Vanderbilt 7–4 2–4 6th
1976 Vanderbilt 2–9 0–6 10th
1977 Vanderbilt 2–9 0–6 10th
1978 Vanderbilt 2–9 0–6 10th
Vanderbilt: 13–31 2–22
Total: 40–52–4


  1. ^ "Athletic Hall of Fame". University of Tampa Athletics. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved June 3, 2010.
  2. ^ "Pancoast Benefits Online". Pancoast Benefits. Retrieved June 3, 2010.
  3. ^ "Pancoast Benefits- Our Team". Pancoast Benefits. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Fred Russell Distinguished American Award". National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Middle Tennessee Chapter. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
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