Members from BPOE #249’s 126 Years of History — Francis Albert Schmidt

Francis Schmidt

  • Born in Downs Kansas –1885
  • graduated Fairbury High School (Nebraska) — 1903
  • participated in Varsity football, basketball, baseball & track at University of Nebraska — 1904-1907
  • Law degree — University of Nebraska — 1907
  • coached football & basketball (state championship basketball team) — Arkansas City, Kansas — 1907-1916
  • head football, basketball & baseball coach — Henry Kendall College (University of Tulsa) — 1916-1917 & 1919 – 1922 (1919 football team outscored the opposition 622-21)
  • WWI — US Army bayonet instructor leaving service as a Captain
  • head football, basketball & baseball coach — University of Arkansas — 1922-1928
  • won Southwest Conference basketball championship — 1926, 1927, 1928 & 1929
  • head football coach — Texas Christian University — 1929-1934
  • won Southwest Conference football championship  — 1929 & 1931
  • head football coach — Ohio State University — 1934-1940
  • won Big Ten football championship — 1935 & 1939
  • originated the “I” formation, the “hook & ladder” & “statue of Liberty”  while at Ohio State
  • head football coach — University of Idaho — 1941-1943
  • inducted into College Football Hall of Fame — 1971
  • member of University of Tulsa, University of Arkansas & Ohio State University Halls of Fame
  • died in Spokane WA — 1944
  • Lifetime member of BPOE #249 — on lodge wall of remembrance
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