Robert Reese Neyland Jr.
Robert Reese Neyland Jr.

Class of 1916

Army's career leader in pitching victories, Bob Neyland authored a 35-5 record during his West Point career. Listed second among the Black Knights' all-time leaders in winning percentage (.875), Neyland won 20 consecutive games during one stretch in the "Black, Gold and Gray." He also fired the first no-hitter in Army history when he blanked Colgate in 1914.

An undefeated heavyweight boxing champion for three years running in the Corps of Cadets (1914-16), Neyland also lettered in football and was a member of Army's undefeated 1914 club.

After graduating near the top of his class in 1916, Neyland returned to West Point in 1921 as an aide to Gen. Douglas MacArthur, then Commanding General at the Academy. He also assisted in coaching football, baseball and boxing at that time before assuming duties as head football coach at the University of Tennessee in 1925. During a legendary 21-year coaching career in Knoxville, he compiled an overall record of 173-31-12. Today, the Volunteers' football stadium is named in his honor.