Slip Madigan was a football coach like no other--a visionary, raconteur, and entrepreneur who brought the sport into the modern age. His St. Mary's College teams in the 1920s and 1930s travelled more miles, dressed more flamboyantly, and scored more upsets than any other team in the land. His teams were the first West Coast teams to go to Hawaii and the East Coast. The glib, oft-quoted Madigan built tiny St. Mary's into a national power, playing before record crowds, even without its own stadium. His playbook bore imagination as the Galloping Gaels out-hit, out-thought, and out-played major opponents with much larger student bodies. Slip Madigan was a coach for all time, yet far ahead of his time. He truly was one of a kind.
Dave Newhouse is a retired Oakland (CA) Tribune writer and columnist. He has authored 13 books including Disqualified, Dare to Dream, Jim Otto: The Pain of Glory, The Jim Plunkett Story, Heisman: After the Glory, and The Million Dollar Backfield. Newhouse, a Menlo Park, California native, graduated from San Jose State after serving four years in the U.S. Air Force. He currently resides in Oakland, California with his wife Patsy, an art teacher.