Knute Rockne:

March 4th, 1888 - March 31, 1931


Knute Rockne was born on March 4th, 1888 and died on March 31st, 1931 in a plane crash in Bazaar Kansas. Knute was born in Voss, Norway, but his father moved him and his family to the Logan Square district of Chicago. In Chicago he went to school at North West Division High School. In high school he ran track and played football. After Knute graduated from high school he took an exam to get into Notre Dame. He passed the exam. While he continued his education at Notre Dame, he also played football his freshman year. He was unhappy with his performance with football so he decided to run track. He became a well known track star at Notre Dame. After he graduated from Notre Dame he became their football coach and coached the team for 13 years.


Knute Rockne had many achievements in education and sports, but sports was his main source for achievements. He coached Notre Dame football for 13 years and only lost 12 games. He won national championships with Notre dame in 1919, 1920, 1924, 1929, and 1930. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame. Knute is known for his "Win one for the Gipper " speech.


Knute had many influences on how he coached his football team from coaches such as:
Amos Alonzo Stagg at Chicago, George Woodruff at Pennsylvania, and Lorin Deland at Harvard. All of these coaches had something in common, they all coached the V - trick. Knute used the V - trick a lot when he coached at Notre Dame. After learning the V - trick Knute developed some of the positions used today such as the ends back (running back), tackle's back (full back), and many more.


Knute was very successful as Notre Dame's head football coach by winning 5 national championships with them.

Quote: "Win one for the Gipper"


Knute Rockne can be compared to Joe Paterno of Penn State, because both coaches wanted great football players, as well as great students.