ROCKNE, KNUTE

KNUTE ROCKNE  (Deceased)

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

Date of Birth:  March 4, 1888 in Voss, Norway     

High School Attended:  North West Division, Chicago, IL    

High School Honors:  Distinguished himself in half mile run; worked in Chicago Post Office four years to save money for college; was 22 years old when he entered Notre Dame.
 
College Attended:  University of Notre Dame Graduated: 1914

College Honors:  Although he did not have a high school degree, he passed the Notre Dame Entrance Exam with a grade of 87 (required entrance grade was 80); won varsity football letter in sophomore year; elected captain of 1913 Notre Dame team; prospective All-American after junior year; set indoor pole vault record of 12' 4" while participating on track team; graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 90.52 GPA.

Coaching Experience:  Assistant football coach at Notre Dame until Coach Jesse Harper retired; head football coach at Notre Dame 1918-1930; career record of 105-12-5, a winning percentage of .897; also served as assistant track coach until becoming head football coach.

Coaching Honors:  Coached National Championship Teams in 1919, 1920, 1924, 1929, and 1930; had five undefeated seasons without a tie.

Outstanding Players Coached:  George "Gipper" Gipp (HB, 1917-1920); Roger Kiley (E, 1919-1921); Eddie Anderson (E, 1918-1921); "The Four Horsemen" - Don Miller (HB, 1922-1924), Jim Crowley (HB, 1922-1924), Harry Stuhldreher (QB, 1922-1924), and Elmer Layden (FB, 1922-1924); Frank Carideo(QB, 1928-1930); Marchy Schwartz (HB, 1929-1931); Marty Brill (HB, 1929-1930); and, Joe Savoldi (FB, 1928-1930).

Special Recognition:  Inducted into National Football Hall of Fame 1951; US Postal Service Stamp released to honor Rockne 1988; named One of the Greatest Coaches on ESPN Sport Century 1999; was to assist in the Hollywood production of "The Spirit of Notre Dame" starting in April, 1931, but died when his California-bound plane crashed near Bazaar, Kansas; he is buried at Highland Cemetary in South Bend.

Family:  Wife, Bonnie; sons, Bill and Knute, Jr.

Coach Rockne passed away March 31, 1931.