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Fielding Harris Yost

  • Birth 30 Apr 1871 Fairview, Marion County, West Virginia, USA
  • Death 20 Oct 1946 Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
  • Memorial ID 11736306

Football coach and athletic director. Widely hailed as the "Father of Michigan athletics". Born and raised in West Virginia, he attended Ohio Northern and Lafayette Universities, earning a law degree at the University of West Virginia. After brief stints coaching football at Ohio Wesleyan, Kansas, and Nebraska, he joined the coaching staff at Stanford in 1900. In 1901, he made his way to the University of Michigan, where he left his greatest legacy. Between 1901 and 1905, his so-called "Point-a-Minute" football teams won four consecutive Big Ten championships and four national titles, as well as attain a 56-game unbeaten streak. He would help the maize-and-blue cap the 1901 season with a 49-0 drubbing of his previous school, Stanford, in the first-ever Rose Bowl Game. His teams during those five seasons outscored their opponents at a rate of roughly 50 points to the opponent's 1. Before he would step down as coach in 1926, he would amass 10 Big Ten championships, plus two additional national championships in 1918 and 1923. In 1921, the University of Michigan named him Athletic Director, a post he would hold until his retirement in 1941. Under his stewardship, world-famous Michigan Stadium, the largest college-owned football stadium in the world, was built; along with Yost Field House (today Yost Ice Arena); and the university golf course. He was also responsible for the hiring of Harry Kipke and Fritz Crisler as his successors as football coach. They would keep the Michigan tradition and spirit alive.

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  • Originally Created by: MDB
  • Added: 12 Sep 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11736306
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fielding Harris Yost (30 Apr 1871–20 Oct 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11736306, citing Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .