Dr. Charles A. "Pop" Lueder

Cornell's Assistant Crew Coach 1904

Cornell's Crew Coach 1925-1926

Dr. Charles A. "Pop" Lueder was a big athletic name at Cornell as he lettered in varsity football, track, and crew.  He rowed on the crew 1900-1902 and was part of the varsity crew that set a world record for the four mile course at Poughkeepsie.  After graduating with a degree in veterinary science, he took at job at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute as football coach and then returned to Cornell in 1904 as assistant crew coach under Charles E. "Pop" Courtney.  He served as assistant coach of the crew for 1 year while also serving as assistant coach for the football team.  He continued as assistant coach of the football team until 1906.  In 1907, he became head coach of the Cornell football team.

In 1908, he left Cornell for West Virginia University to serve as football coach and also taught veterinary sciences in their College of Agriculture.  He stopped coaching the football team in 1912, but continued to teach there until 1924.

Cornell offered him the position of director of aquatic athletics in the fall of 1924 and Lueder returned to his alma mater to serve as coach until August of 1926 when he resigned.  Newspapers speculated that he left due to Cornell's failure to improve.  He would be the last coach to use the Courtney system of rowing at Cornell and they signaled their abandonment of this system with the hire of James "Jim" Wray later that year.

Lueder remained in the area to do research related to veterinarianship and eventually settled in Jacksonville, NY where he served as Justice of the Peace.  He passed away in 1954 at the age of 76 after a long illness.

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