Born on March 4, 1888
Voss, Norway
March 31, 1931.
Inducted On
April 30, 1977
Location Inducted
South Bend, IN (Posthumously)
Region Number
Notre Dame
North West Division, Chicago, IL
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.
University of Notre Dame
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.
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.
Wife, Bonnie; sons, Bill and Knute, Jr.
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).