Wally Fromhart

Wallace Leo Fromhart (May 18, 1913 – May 23, 2002) was an American football player and coach. Born in the tiny mountain town of Newburg, West Virginia, he lived and attended school there until his freshman year of high school, after which his family moved to the significantly larger town of Moundsville, West Virginia. A gifted athlete, Fromhart played varsity baseball and football for Moundsville High School from 1929 to 1931. Following high school graduation, he worked at the local US Stamping plant until 1932 when he was offered, and accepted, an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame and play for the university's baseball team. His athletic prowess also landed him the starting quarterback position on the Fighting Irish football team during his junior academic year (1935–36).

Fromhart played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team under coach Elmer Layden (of the famed Four Horsemen) who ran an offensive scheme in which the quarterback had a limited role in the passing game. Fromhart's primary responsibilities on offense were as a blocker for the halfback, Bill Shakespeare (who actually received the bulk of the snaps and passed the ball most often), as well as a key receiver, a place kicker and a punt returner.[1] On defense, he played the safety position. Against rival USC, in 1935, he returned an interception for 82 yards. Fromhart was starting quarterback for Notre Dame in the 18–13 victory against undefeated Ohio State in 1935.[2]

Though he was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 1936 NFL Draft, Fromhart chose instead to remain an additional year at Notre Dame to obtain teaching certification, during which time he also served as graduate assistant coach of the Fighting Irish freshman football team. Upon graduating Notre Dame, Fromhart accepted a position as head football coach for Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago (1937–46), posting a 56–17–10 record, a Catholic League title and two city championships. During his coaching tenure at Mt. Carmel, Fromhart was called to serve in the US Navy as an armed guard officer in the US Merchant Marine (1944–45) in the Atlantic Theater of World War II.

A year after returning from the war, Fromhart accepted a head football coach position at Loras College (1947–1950), in Dubuque, Iowa, where he posted a 27–9 record, including an undefeated season in 1947. During his coaching years at Loras, he also managed the Dubuque minor league baseball team. In 1951, he accepted a position as assistant coach at the University of Detroit under Dutch Clark (1951–1953), and succeeded Clark as head coach (1954–1958). In the latter position, he posted an overall record of 1925, won the Missouri Valley Conference title, and was named Catholic Coach of the Year. Fromhart ended his football coaching career in 1961 as head coach of the Sarnia, Ontario-based Sarnia Golden Bears, a semi-professional football team in the upstart American Football Conference for one season (the conference lasted only one year). With his eldest son (also named Wally Fromhart) as assistant coach, he led the team to an undefeated 10–0 regular season record and one post-season win to claim the American Football Conference championship.

Fromhart died in 2002 and is buried in South Bend, Indiana with his wife Donna Belle (Parvis) Fromhart.[3]

Wally Fromhart
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Wally Fromhart
Born:May 18, 1913
Newburg, West Virginia
Died:May 23, 2002 (aged 89)
Dowagiac, Michigan
Career information
Position(s)Quarterback, placekicker
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight180 lb (82 kg)
CollegeUniversity of Notre Dame
NFL draft1936 / Round: 7 / Pick 61

Head coaching record

College

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Loras Duhawks (Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1947–1950)
1947 Loras 9–0
1948 Loras 7–1
1949 Loras 3–5
1950 Loras 8–3
Loras: 27–9
Detroit Titans (Missouri Valley Conference) (1954–1956)
1954 Detroit 2–7 1–3 4th
1955 Detroit 5–3–1 3–1 T–1st
1956 Detroit 2–8 0–4 5th
Detroit Titans (NCAA University Division independent) (1957–1958)
1957 Detroit 6–3
1958 Detroit 4–4–1
Detroit: 19–25–2 4–8
Total: 46–34–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

References

  1. ^ Steele, Michael R. The Fighting Irish Football Encyclopedia. Champaign, IL: Sports Publishing LLC (1996). p.347
  2. ^ "The Game of the Century". Scout.com. Retrieved March 3, 2008.
  3. ^ National Cemetery Administration. "U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006" (database). Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc. (2006)
1952 Detroit Titans football team

The 1952 Detroit Titans football team represented the University of Detroit in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) during the 1952 college football season. In its second year under head coach Dutch Clark, Detroit compiled finished with a 3–6 record (1–3 against conference opponents), finished fourth in the MVC, and was outscored by all opponents by a combined total of 224 to 206.Ted Marchibroda, who later spent more than 40 years in the NFL as a player and coach, was the team's starting quarterback. Marchibroda led the nation with 1,813 yards of total offense in 1952, which included 1,637 passing yards. On November 14, in his last home game for the Titans, Marchibroda set a new national, single-game record with 390 passing yards.The team's staff included Wally Fromhart (backfield coach), Bill Pritula (line coach), Edmund J. Barbour (freshmen coach), and Dr. Raymond D. Forsyth (trainer). The team's co-captains were fullback Richard John Koster and end Peter Bonnani.

1953 Detroit Titans football team

The 1953 Detroit Titans football team represented the University of Detroit in the Missouri Valley Conference during the 1953 college football season. In its third year under head coach Dutch Clark, Detroit compiled a 6–4 record (3–1 against conference opponents), tied for the MVC championship, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 231 to 124.The team's assistant coaches were Wally Fromhart (backfield coach, third year), Kenneth L. Stilley (line coach, first year), Edmund J. Barbour (freshman coach since 1931), and Dr. Raymond D. Forsyth (team physician). The team co-captains were guard Denny McCotter and tackle Dick Martwick.

1954 Detroit Titans football team

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The 1955 Detroit Titans football team represented the University of Detroit in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) during 1955 college football season. In its second year under head coach Wally Fromhart, Detroit compiled a 5–3–1 record (3–1 against conference opponents), tied for the MVC championship, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 100 to 62.The team's staff included Kenneth Stilley (line coach, third year), Robert Dove (end coach, first year), John Ray (freshman coach, first year), and Dr. Raymond D. Forsyth (team physician). Tackle Richard Quadri and halfback Francis O'Connor were the team co-captains.

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The 1956 Detroit Titans football team represented the University of Detroit in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. In their third season under head coach Wally Fromhart, the Titans compiled a 2–8 record (0–4 against conference opponents), finished last in the MVC, and were outscored by opponents by a combined total of 194 to 99.The team's statistical leaders included Lou Faoro with 356 passing yards, Billy Russell with 183 rushing yards, Albert Korpak with 268 receiving yards, and Bill Dando with 24 points scored.In addition to head coach Wally Fromhart, the coaching staff included Kenneth Stilley (line coach), Robert Dove (end coach), John Ray (freshman coach), and Dr. Raymond D. Forsyth (trainer). Robert Chendes and James Lynch were the team co-captains.

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