Tate from The 1963 Blue Print
February 20, 1919|
Tracy City, Tennessee
June 10, 1996 (aged 77)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Miami HS (FL)|
Georgia Tech (backfield)
New Orleans Saints (offensive backs)
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Charles William Tate (February 20, 1919 – June 10, 1996) was an American football player and coach. Tate served as the head coach of the University of Miami for six seasons during the 1960s and two games during the 1970 season.
Tate attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he was a starting fullback for coach Josh Cody and coach Tom Lieb's Florida Gators football teams from 1939 to 1941. Memorably, he scored the Gators' only touchdown in their 7–7 tie of the Auburn Tigers in the first varsity game ever played in the Tigers' new Auburn Stadium. Tate graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in education in 1942.
Tate was the head football coach of the Miami Hurricanes football team of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, from 1964 to 1970. In six seasons and part of a seventh, he compiled an overall win-loss record of 34–27–3. His best season with the Hurricanes came in 1966, when his team went 8–2–1 and won the Liberty Bowl against Virginia Tech. Tate's departure from Miami was surrounded by controversy and attracted national media attention when he abruptly resigned as the Hurricanes' athletic director and head football coach after the second game of the 1970 football season.
Chuck Foreman was Tate's most famous recruit in the late 1960s. When interviewed at the ESPN Club in Orlando, Florida, Foreman, who went on to have a great career in the National Football League for the Minnesota Vikings, said of Tate, "He had faith in me, as a black athlete in the South during that tumultuous time, and I will never forget him. He was a great, generous man."
Head coaching record
- 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 186 (2011). Retrieved August 31, 2011.
- "#3 Miami: Even Jolly Cholly may have to start smiling now," Sports Illustrated (September 11, 1967). Retrieved August 10, 2011.
- Tom McEwen, The Gators: A Story of Florida Football, The Strode Publishers, Huntsville, Alabama, p. 115 (1974).
- Florida Sports Hall of Fame, Inductees, Charlie Tate. Retrieved August 10, 2011.