KIZER, NOBLE E.

NOBLE E. KIZER  (Deceased)

Inducted:  April 30, 1977 in South Bend, IN  (Posthumously)

Date of Birth:  March 11, 1900 near Plymouth, IN

High School Attended:  Plymouth                 Graduated:  1919

High School Honors:  Played basketball and was team's leading scorer; participated in track; dropped out of school to join US Marine Corps during WW I; upon his return, helped coach varsity basketball and track teams last semester in high school; no football program at Plymouth at that time.
 
College Attended:  Notre Dame University     Graduated:  1925

College Honors:  Earned a monogram 3 years each in football and basketball; played guard and one of the "Seven Mules" on the Four Horsemen team of 1924 under Coach Knute Rockne; was captain of 1924-1925 basketball team and selected to the Eckersall’s All-American Team in 1924.

Coaching Experience:  Purdue University, head line coach 1925-1929; head football coach 1930-1936, with a 42-13-3 record; forced to resign coaching position due to illness in August, 1937.

Coaching Honors:  Co-Big Ten Champions in 1931 and outright Big Ten Champions in 1932; team was undefeated in 1932; never had a losing season; finished in the first division of Big Ten every year; selected by nationwide vote of football fans as first coach of College All-Stars in the series with Professional Football Champions, with first game played in 1934. 

Outstanding Players Coached:  All-Americans Duane Purvis, Paul Moss, Charles Miller, Roy Horstman, James Purvis, Paul Pardonner, John Drake, Cecil Isbell, Howard Kissell, and Sam Voinoff.

Special Recognition:  Athletic director at PU 1934-1940; traveled extensively throughout Indiana during his tenure  encouraging and helping to start football programs in high schools; the Noble E. Kizer Trophy is awarded each year to the highest ranking student on the Purdue football team.

Coach Kizer passed away on June 13, 1940.