Frederick M. Irish

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Frederick M. Irish
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Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1870-05-16)May 16, 1870
Dubuque, Iowa
Died April 12, 1941(1941-04-12) (aged 70)
Tempe, Arizona[1]
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1896–1906 Territorial/Tempe Normal
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1896–1913 Territorial/Tempe Normal
Head coaching record
Overall 12–8

Frederick Mortimer "Cap" Irish (May 16, 1870 – April 12, 1941) was an American football coach, college athletics administrator, and science instructor. He served as the first head football coach at the Territorial Normal School, renamed Tempe Normal School in 1903 and now known as Arizona State University, coaching from 1896 to 1906 and compiling a record of 12–8. Territorial Normal did not field a football team in 1897, 1898, or 1901. Irish was also the first athletic director at Territorial/Tempe Normal, serving from 1896 to 1913. In addition, he taught science at the school.

Irish graduated from the University of Iowa in 1895 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He taught in his hometown of Dubuque, Iowa, before moving to Arizona.[2] Irish died in 1941.[3] Irish Hall, a residence hall at Arizona State University, is named for him.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Territorial/Tempe Normal Owls (Independent) (1896–1906)
1896 Territorial Normal 0–1
1897 No team
1898 No team
1899 Territorial Normal 3–0
1900 Territorial Normal 1–1
1901 No team
1902 Territorial Normal 2–1
1903 Tempe Normal 2–0
1904 Tempe Normal 4–0
1905 Tempe Normal 0–3
1906 Tempe Normal 0–2
Tempe Normal: 12–8
Total: 12–8


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Ickert-Bond, Stefanie M.; Pinkava, Donald J. "VASCULAR PLANT TYPES IN THE ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY HERBARIUM" (PDF). University of Alaska. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ Eger, Bob (2001). Maroon & Gold: A History of Sun Devil Athletics. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 5. ISBN 1-58261-223-4. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ "ASU Tempe Campus Tour: Irish Hall". Arizona State University. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 

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