Baseball (1958-77)/Sprint Football (1957-1976)
Following a stellar undergraduate grid career at Duke and a 15-year stint in the professional baseball ranks that included 501 Major League game appearances, Eric Tipton carved a sterling head coaching career at Army, becoming the Academy's all-time wins leader in both baseball and sprint football.
On the diamond, Tipton guided the Black Knights to three Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League titles (1960, 1965, 1966) over 20 years, finishing with a 234-201-5 (.538) record. Although his victory standard has since been passed, Tipton's teams posted double-digit victory totals 16 times, including an 18-win campaign in 1960 that tied the Academy single-season record for victories.
As the first coach of Army's sprint football program, Tipton observed his lightweight gridders win or share 13 league titles during his 20 years along the sidelines. Army forged a stellar 104-14-1 (.878) mark under Tipton's tutelage. Tipton was inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1965 and the Duke University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1976.