LEAHY, FRANK

FRANK LEAHY  (Deceased)

Inducted:  May 16, 2014 in South Bend (Posthumously)

Date of Birth:  August 27, 1908 in O'Neill, NE

High School Attended:  Winner, South Dakota                 Graduated:  1925

High School Honors:  Football letterman

College Attended:  University of Notre Dame                   Graduated:  1931

College Honors:  Earned 3 monograms at tackle position playing for coach Knute Rockne; played on 2 national championship teams 1929, 1930.

Coaching Experience:  Served as a line coach at Georgetown University 1931, at Michigan State University 1932, and at Fordham Univeristy 1933-1938; head football coach at Boston College 1939-1940, at Notre Dame 1941-1943 and 1946-1953, with an overall career record of 107-13-9 and a winning percentage of .864, the 2nd best percentage in NCAA Division 1 history (Knute Rockne continues to have best percentage .897); resigned from coaching due to ill health.

Coaching Honors:  Led Boston College to undefeated season in 1940 and victory in Sugar Bowl 1941; coached 4 national championship teams at Notre Dame 1943, 1946, 1947, and 1949.

Special Recognition:  Served in US Navy between coaching years at Notre Dame; was Notre Dame athletic director 1947-1949 while also football coach; served as general manage of Los Angeles Chargers of the American Football League 1960; inducted into National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame as a coach 1970; entered private business in Lake Oswego, Oregon in 1963.

Family:  Wife, Florence (deceased); 8 children; grandchildren

Coach Leahy passed away June 21, 1973.