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 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.