While concentrating on his football duties, he directed the basketball team to a record of 76 wins and 11 losses from 1948 to 1952. In 2006, Coach McCain finally got his due when he was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana. Coach McCain touched the lives of hundreds of young men to whom he will always be remembered simply as “Coach.” Coach McCain’s Year-by-Year Record:
194871 0195681 0
194980 0195760 1
195080 0195843 0
195181 0195961 0
195280 0196061 1
195371 0196142 1
195460 1196252 0
195580 0196343 0
Historical Overview of Hawk Football
For more than a quarter of a century, UMES was recognized as football powerhouse among Historically Black Colleges and Universities. From 1946 to 1969, UMES had a combined win-loss record of 142 wins, 36 losses and 7 ties or an astounding 76.8 winning percentage. In addition, UMES produced five (5) undefeated seasons during the period from 1947 to 1960.
No one person was more instrumental in UMES’s success than Vernon “Skip” McCain. The history of UMES’s football program is inextricably linked to Coach McCain’s tenure. During his tenure Coach McCain had a phenomenal success record of 103 wins, 16 losses and 4 ties.
Dr. W. A. Low professor of History and Head of the Department of History lectures to an interested class of sophomores.
Those who knew him say Coach McCain was the embodiment of the teacher-coach. From 1948 to 1953, he was the most successful coach in the country. Coach McCain, himself a student of the game, did not miss many coaching clinics during his tenure. In 1950, he was selected “Coach of the Year” by the Pigskin Club of Washington.