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ichigan Coaching Staff Molders of Championship C







Last year Michigan more than
lived up to its reputation as "the
Champions and the Best." Seven of
the 'eight teams competing in the
Big Ten walked off with champion-
ships. Much of the credit for this
splendid achievement goes to the
Wolverine mentors, headed by Ath-
letic Director and head football
coach "Fritz" Crisler. The eleven
man coaching staff has turned out
teams that any Michigander can be
justly proud of.
Coming to Michigan in 1938, pig-
skin coach Crisler continued his rec-
ord of championship teams. Under
his guidance, the Wolverine elevens
have continuously turned in top cal-

iber performances. Last year Michi-
gan was undefeated in Conference
play, tying the Boilermakers of Pur-
due for first place. Few can forget
the play of Tom Harmon,* Forest
Evashevski, Julie Franks, Al Wistert,
Bob Westfall, Bill Daley, Merv Preg-
ulman, or Bob Wiese, who are some
of the many stars Crisler has turned
When Fielding H. Yost retired as
Athletic Director after a 20-year
reign, in 1941, Crisler was appointed
to succeed him. Besides supervising
the athletic affairs of the various
teams, Crisler is responsible for the
huge physical fitness program now
in operation. He started and put
into operation many of the activities

that are making future warriors
physically fit men.
Crisler's two assistants, Earl Mar-
tineau and "Biggie" Munn, are both
former All-Ame'ricans. Martineau,
who handles the backs, came to
Michigan from Princeton with Cris-
ler. In 1923 Earl won All-American
honors as a halfback from Minne-
sota. He was also awarded the West-
ern Conference Medal for excellence
in scholarship and athletics. Line
Coach Clarence "Biggie" Munn also
attended Minnesota, where he won
the same awards as Martineau.
Munn was responsible for the "Seven
Oaks" who starred in the Wolverine
line two years ago. The job of sifting
1ut the promising freshman candi-

dates falls to frosh coach Wally
Weber. Wally was in the plunging
slot for Michigan in the 1925-1926
One of the more versatile coaches
is Bennie Oosterbaan. Although he
handles the basketball team, Bennie
also finds time to be end coach on
the football team and assistant men-
tor of the baseball team. Until Elroy
Hirsch topped the mark, Bennie was
one of the few to win three letters in
a year, doing this three years run-
When Charlie Hoy, went to Yale
as track coach, Ken Doherty moved
up from the freshman team and cap-
tured the indoor and outdoor crowns
in his first year. Ken repeated this'

trick last year. Chester Stackhouse
came up from Saginaw High to take
Doherty's place as freshman track
coach in 1939.
Mann Goes To Town
Since coming to Michigan in 1925,
Tank Coach Matt Mann has seen
his- charges take, 15 Big Ten crowns
and 12 inter-collegiate champion-
ships. In 1940 Mann's team walked
off with the Big Ten, Intercollegiate
and National AAU titles, the first
Wolverine squad to do this. Last
season the tankers won in the Big
Ten but lost the other titles by slen-
der margins. Even though he has
lost many men to the armed services,
Mann is still producing squads of
championship caliber.

Filling out the winter schedule are
the wrestling and hockey teams han-
dled by Ray Courtright and Eddie
Lowery. In his first season as coach,
after replacing Cliff Keene, Court-
right guided his charges to second
place in the Big Ten. This year the
wrestlers beat Purdue 28-27, tak-
ing their first title since 1938. While
at Oklahoma, Coach Courtright won
12 letters and was a member of Phi
Beta Kappa. Eddie Lowrey of the
ice sextet ended the last season with
five wins and three losses. Lowrey
was a member of the Ottawa Sena-
tors in his playing days.
Bring Three 'Titles
The mentors of the spring sports
brought Michigan three Conference

titles, baseball, golf and tennis. A
former veteran of the Cincinnati
Reds and the New York Yankees,
Coach Ray Fischer has turned out
many top flight nines. This year,
with the pitching of Bliss Bowman
and Elroy Hirsch, the baseball team
again won the championship. Tennis
Coach Leroy Weir. was just as for-
tunate, winning the Big Ten crown
and losing only to Notre Dame 5-4.
Weir has coached the netters for six
years and also took the title in 1941.
The other spring title holder was the
golf team guided by Ray Courtright,
the only man to coach two sports.
The Wolverines have been champs
on the links for the last three sea-



Team Beats Ohio State, 18-17, for


Lewis, Gulic, and Post Place in
Conference Championship Meet

Ken Doherty Reminisees on Five Successful Track Seasons

Coach Leroy Weir's tennis squad
climaxed a season of eight victories
and one defeat when they cane from
behind to edge out Ohio State for the
Big Ten championship, 18-17.
The conference finals were held on
the week-end of May 27 at North-
western University and following the
first day's play the Wolverine netters
were on the short end of a 13-11
score. In the singles, three members
of the squad won individual cham-
pionships. They were Merle Gulic in
the number three berth, Roger Lewis
at five and Dave Post at the number
six spot.
All three Wolverine doubles teams
advanced to the fials, and only one
of these needed victories. It was the
number three team of Gulic and
Roger Lewis that came through with
the win that gave Michigan the title.
The two doubles teams of Jinx John-
son and Bill Ford, and Lewis and
Jim Frolik were defeated in the Big
Ten finals.
Johnson Captains Team
Playing in the number one slot for
Michigan all year was Johnson, who
captained the team. In match play
throughout the year he lost only
three matches, one of them being
out of the conference, and won seven.
In the Big Ten championships, John-
son lost a thrilling three set match
to Aris Franklin- of Ohio State, whom
he had previously defeated during
the regular season.
The most outstanding victories for
Hall of Northwestern and Vic Sou-
Johnson all year were against Harry
kup of Western Michigan.
Gulic Had Clean Slate
Frolik occupied 4he number two
position. :His record for the season
including his victory in the confer-
ence matches, was six wins and five
setbacks. Before coming to Michi-
gan, Frolik had played for Stanford.
Gulic, playing in the third spot
was undefeated in both singles and
doubles competition. He was the
only member of the squad who fin-

ished wits a clean slate and had a
secord of 12 wins against no losses.
Playing in the number four posi-
tion for Michigan was Bill Ford, the
outstanding freshman star. Ford's
record included nine wins, one loss

Buckeye in the conference finals.
Notre Dame Only Setback
The netters started their 1944
campaign against Western Michigan
and scored an easy triumph. Follow-
ing this came victories over Minne-
sota and Chicago. The following
weeks, the Wolverines scored two
9-0 shutouts against Wisconsin and
Illinois. After these matches, Michi-
gan received its first and only setback
of the season by Notre Dame, the
score'being 5-4.
One week before the conference
matches, the netters scored victories
7-2 and 5%-3/2. In warming up for
over Ohio State and Northwestern
their final matches, the netters trim-
med Western Michigan for the sec-
ond time, 8-1.
Johnson, Boucher at Nationals
Two Wolverine netters, Jinx John-
son and Roy Boucher went to North-
western University to compete in the
National Intercollegiate meet June
26-30. Johnson was victorious in his
first match, but was defeated the
next day by Gonzaga's third seeded
Harry Likas, 6-3, 6-0. Boucher was
eliminated in the first round.
Civilians To
Get Tickets to
Football Games
Students who enroll for the fall
term at the University are entitled to
admission to all football games when
they pay their tuition fee at the time
of registration and may attend all
other sports events by presenting
their identification cards at the gate
the day of the contest.
Some athletic events require a
nominal charge, but in every case the
price paid by students is lower than
that paid by the ordinary spectator.
In this way, the University gives all
students the opportunity of witness-
ing the finest intercollegiate sports
program in the country.
For admission to football games
the student must exchange a special
coupon he receives at registration for
a block of tickets to the games.

Ken Doherty ,track coach at the
University of Michigan, has compil-
ed an excellent record during his ten-
ure of office at the school.
He has coached six championship
teams during a five year span attain-
ing two championships in one year,
that is, one each in indoor and out-
door track. Thus Coach Doherty has
three indoor champions and a like
number of outdoor winners.
He Attended Wayne
Coach Doherty received his formal
education at Wayne University, and
then returned to Michigan to get his
Masters degree. He began his coach-
ing career in 1929 under the able
tutelage of Keen Fitzpatrick, who is
also famous in the annals of Michi-
gan trackdom.
This knowledge which Doherty ac-
quired under Fitzpatrick at Princeton
was soon put into actual practice; for
in 1930 he was appointed as assistant
track coach to Charles Hoyt, famous
track mentor at Michigan for many
years. This assistantship lasted for
nine years when Coach Doherty was
rewarded for his excellent work by
his appointment as head coach of the
thinclads in 1939. Thus a fine ca-
reer reached its climax and it was
in future years to blossom forth as
one of the greatest eras in Michigan
track history.
All-Star Selections For Track
When asked to give his selections
for an all-star Michigan track team
during the five years that he has
coached, Coach Doherty declined on
the grounds that "no one man or men
are so far superior to any other man
or men that it is not possible to
clearly pick one man for each posi-
tion." He did, however, agree to
name those men who had attained
the best records during the period
of five years.
He named Lt. Alan Smith, who ran
the 100 yard dash in 9.8 seconds and
the 220 yard dash in 21.3 seconds, as
the outstanding dash man. Lt. Smith
was killed in the Tunisian campaign.
For the 120 yard high hurdles he
named Frank McCarthy of the 1942
track squad, who ran the distance in
14.7 seconds. McCarthy has also
paid in blood during the war, but he
was a little luckier. He was injured
during the invasion of France and is

now recuperating in an Army hospi-
tal in England.
Hall Named Best Hurdler
Then continuing his resume of the
records compiled by individual stars
on his track teams, Coach Doherty
named Jeff Hall of his 1940 squad as
the hurdler who ran the fastest time
in the 220 yd. low hurdles. Hall's
time was 23.6 seconds. Then in both
the quarter mile and the half mile
runs, Coach Doherty named Warren
Breidenbach and Robert Ufer. Breid-
enbach ran the 440 yd. outdoor dash

in the amazing time of 47 seconds
flat. This is a Michigan record. Ufer
also set a Michigan record, in fact,
an American record when, in 1942
he -ran the 440 indoors in the time
of 48.1 seconds. These two men again
stole the honors in the half mile,
when Breidenbach broke the exist-
ing Michigan record in the time of
1.51.2 minutes and Ulfer paralleled
this feat by breaking the indoor rec-
ord in the timhe of 1.53.8.
In the longer distances three men
were outstanding. They were the

famous Hume twins, who , won all
their races in dead heats, and Ralph
Schwartzkopf. The Hume. twins ran
the fastest outdoor mile of this per-
iod in 4.14.4, while Schwatzkopt ran
the mile indoors in 4.14.2. Both these
times are Michigan records. Sch-
wartzkopf also set the two mile rec-
ords by running this indoor event in
9.10.5, and the outdoor two mile in
9.03.5. Thus these three:fellows dom-
inated the distance picture at the


and one tie. He was unquestionably
the most aggressive player on the
squad, and if he continues to improve
she::d become one of Michigan's top
Lewis Best in Conference
Lewis held down the number five
spot and finished with a record of
ten wins and two losses. He was by
far the most outstanding man in the
conference at the number five posi-
tion, and used a hard serve coupled
with a stinging overhead smash to
defeat his opponents.
Occupying the last and number six
position was Post. His record for the
season was 11 wins against one set-
back. Post's only defeat was at the
hands of Ohio State's Dave Krenzli,
but he avenged this by defeating the



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