Michigan Football Position Coach Database

Submitted by Maize.Blue Wagner on July 22nd, 2013 at 12:24 AM

A number of times I have had questions about who coached what position at Michigan, and I have seen others on here with similar questions. Because of that, I have put together the beginnings of a spreadsheet giving a year by year look at who coached various position groups. I say beginnings because there are a number of blank spots, and I haven't even attempted to figure out who coached what before 1969. My hope is that this can be improved on by others and potentially, even added to the site (e.g. similar to the editable depth chart) if the format works, and it's deemed worthy. Here is a link to the google doc:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ah4hPti-nM56dDdjclJzR1RVOV9RdXUxeE1iWHhZZEE&usp=sharing

I have gathered this information from MGoBlue.com, Wikipedia, Rivals, various coaches' profile pages, and old media guides. There is also this somewhat helpful resource on MGoBlue that lists the coaches year by year, but fails to finish the job by including their respective positions.

A Note on Formatting

This process got a little dicey when it came to the offensive line, defensive line, and linebackers. Often the coaching responsibilities for the various parts of these positions are divided. In some cases, I found two coaches listed for the same position, but no indication of who coached what portion of that position. Because more information is needed, I listed both coaches at both positions with a "/" between them. For example, in 1991 both Offensive Tackles and Interior Offensive Line are listed with Les Miles/Jerry Hanlon.

In other cases, I found evidence that a coach was only in charge of one aspect of a position. For example, Bob Chmiel coached the Inside Linebackers from 1981-84, but I never found anything about who coached the Outside Linebackers from that time.

Finally, if a coach was listed as the "linebackers coach" I put his name in both categories.

The Special Teams coach can get really confusing. For 2006, I found evidence that the position was handled by at least three different coaches. Until there is better information, I have elected to leave that blank. However, this might be more common than I realize, and maybe that position should also be broken up into more distinct categories.

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I was hoping for a few anecdotes to add here, but everything I came across was pretty straight forward. The most interesting thing I found was how in years gone by it seemed more common for coaches to switch from one side of the ball to the other. Gary Moeller is a prime example.

He came with Bo in 1969 and coached the defensive ends. He then moved up to defensive coordinator in 1973 before becoming the head coach at Illinois. He came back to Michigan in 1980 as the quarterbacks coach, and then again became the defensive coordinator in 1982. After five seasons in that position, he moved back to the offensive side of the ball as coordinator for three seasons, and from what I understand, retained that position even after he became head coach in 1990.

I think like players, coaches have become more specialized over the years. We would probably all be shocked if Mattison retired, and Borges was named the new defensive coordinator. I suspect that the further back you go, coaches stuck to one side of the ball less often, and the lines become more blurred between who coached what position.

I welcome all updates, additions, or corrections to this file.

  

Comments

Wolverine Devotee

July 22nd, 2013 at 1:32 AM ^

I can give you a very big hand with all of the older ones you're missing.

Back in the old old days, the most information you could find on coaching staff other than just being a "assistant" or what they called first assistant, second assistant etc. is freshman team coaches.

It wasn't until the 1940s that you could find info with solid sources on what exactly each member of the coaching staff did. 

All the information in the tables below was complied by myself while I was creating my Michigan Football book of information that I completed (after six years of long, hard work)-

 

My main source is Bentley Historical Library with Wikipedia cleaning up some of the things Bentley had missing including a very noteworthy 1901 assistant named Bennie Owen whom Oklahoma's football field is named after. He is their Yost.

William McCauley

Assistant

1896

James Baird

Assistant

1897-1898

John R. Duffy

Assistant

1897-1899

Ignatius M. Duffy

Assistant

1897

Thaddeus S. Farnham

Assistant

1897

Raynor S. Freund

Assistant

1897

Frederick W. Henninger

Assistant

1897-1899

William C. Malley

Assistant

1897-1898

Giovanni R. Villa

Assistant

1897-1898

Archibald Stevenson

Assistant

1897

Forrest M. Hall

Assistant

1898

Harry G. Hadden

Assistant

1899

Bennie Owen

Assistant

1901

Howard Richardson

Freshmen

1902

Dan McGugin

Assistant

1903

William C. Cole

Assistant

1904, 1913-1914

Lehigh C. Turner

Freshmen

1905

Curtis G. Redden

Assistant

1908-1909, 1911-1912

Neil Snow

Assistant

1908

Clayton Teetzel

Assistant

1908

Roy Beechler

Assistant

1909

Albert R. Chandler

Assistant

1909

Prentiss Douglass

General Assistant

1909-1910, 1912-1920

Forrest M. Hall

Assistant

1909

Paul Magoffin

Assistant

1909

Dave Allerdice

Assistant

1910

Adolph “Germany” Schulz

Chief Assistant

1910, 1913-1915

Andrew Smith

Assistant

1911-1912

Henry Schulte

Assistant

1912

Ernest Allmendinger

Second Assistant

1915, 1919

Ralph McGinnis

Third Assistant

1915

James Raynsford

Assistant

1915

Miller Pontius

Assistant

1916

Robert Watson

Assistant

1917, 1920

Carl Lundgren

Assistant

1919

Edwin Mather

Assistant

1919-1927

A.J. Sturznegger

Assistant

1920-1923

Derril Pratt

Assistant

1920

Angus Goetz

Assistant

1921

Elton “Tad” Wieman

Line

1921-1926

Ray Fisher

Assistant

1921-1928, 1930, 1932-1936, 1943-1945

Ernie Vick

Assistant

1922

George Little

Assistant

1922

Jack Blott

Head Line

1924-1933, 1946-1958

Harvey Emery

Assistant

1924, 1926

Frank Hayes

Assistant

1924

Franklin Cappon

Assistant

1925, 1928-1937

Harry Kipke

Assistant

1925-1928

Judson Hyames

Assistant

1926

Cliff Keen

Assistant

1926-1930, 1932-1936, 1941-1958

William Louisell

Assistant

1926

George Veenker

Assistant

1926-1930

Robert J. Brown

Assistant

1927-1928

Ray Courtwright

Assistant

1927-1930, 1932-1936

William Flora

Assistant

1927-1928

Jack Lovette

Assistant

1927

James Miller

Assistant

1928

Bennie Oosterbaan

Backfield

1928-1947

B.P. Traynor

Assistant

1928

Fielding Yost

Assistant

1928

Allan Bovard

Assistant

1930

Wally Weber

Freshmen

1930-1958

Jack Heston

Assistant

1934

William Borgmann

Assistant

1935

Carl Savage

Assistant

1935

Francis Wistert

Assistant

1936

Heartley Anderson

Assistant

1937

Campbell Dickson

Assistant

1938-1939

Earl Martineau

Assistant

1938-1945

Clarence Munn

Assistant

1938-1945

Ernest McCoy

Chief Scout

1940-1942, 1945-1952

Archie Kodros

Assistant

1940-1941

Hercules Renda

Assistant

1940-1941

William Barclay

Assistant

1943-1945

Arthur Valpey

Ends

1943-1947

Forrest Jordan

Assistant Line

1946-1947

George Ceithaml

Assistant

1947-1952

Bill Orwig

Ends

1948-1951

Don Robinson

Backfield

1948-1956

J.T. White

Assistant Line

1948-1954

Matt Patanelli

Ends

1953-1958

Don Dufek, Sr.

Associate Head Coach

1954-1965

Bob Holloway

Line

1954-1965

Pete Kinyon

Assistant

1954-1956

Chalmers “Bump” Elliott

Backfield

1957-1958

Henry Fonde

Backfield

1959-1968

Jack Fouts

Line

1959-1963

Jack Nelson

Ends

1959-1965

Dennis Fitzgerald

Quarterbacks

1963-1968

Tony Mason

Defensive Line

1964-1968

Donald James

Defensive Coordinator

1966-1967

George Mans

Offensive Line

1966-1973

Y.C. McNease

Assistant

1966-1967

William Dodd

Freshmen Coach

1966-1968

Frank Maloney

Tight Ends

1968-1973

Robert Shaw

Receivers

1968

 

Space Coyote

July 23rd, 2013 at 8:52 AM ^

And I say this with despite how much I appreciate all the history you've provided and everything else. But dude, try to find a publisher for all this stuff (to go along with all the other stuff and information you seem to have at on hand already). Find a way to sort it out, chapter it, bunch it together, etc. It's Michigan football, if it's done any semblance of well people will buy it. Maybe get someone from Bentley or something to co-author, help with formatting, or whatever else.

But you've clearly spent a ton of time sorting through a ton of history and a bunch of other things with regards to Michigan football. You clearly enjoy it. Turn that enjoyment into a bit of profit or at least something to show for it. You'll probably say you do it for the enjoyment and not for other reasons, but there's something to be said about maximizing the output of your work. A book like this would be an easy and nice source of this sort of information and would at least provide a little something extra for your efforts, even if it isn't much, or even if it isn't a huge financial insentive. It'd be something, in my opinion, to really show for your efforts.

Just an opinion, you can take it FWIW.

readyourguard

July 22nd, 2013 at 10:46 AM ^

OLBs were coached by the late Milan (Milo) Vooletich in 1983 and 84.  He may have coached the position prior to that and/or after 84, but I know he was there during those 2 years.

 

Fergodsakes

July 22nd, 2013 at 7:30 PM ^

Good info, and it is a lot of work.

I started a website a year ago with coaching data (and other stuff, fergodsakes.com. Check out the "M Coaching Trees" section. Didn't do much with the website in the off-season, but will be doing quite a bit during the season.