Irving Mondschein

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Irving "Irv" Mondschein (born February 7, 1924), nicknamed "Moon", is an American former track and field athlete and football player.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mondschein, who is Jewish, was born in Brooklyn, New York.[1][2][3] He attended Boys High School, where he ran track.[4] He also ran for the New York Pioneer Club.[1][5] He entered the US Army in 1943.[6] He became a member of the Pi Lambda Phi while attending New York University[7]

Decathlon, high jump, and football career[edit]

He was AAU decathlon champion in 1944, and in 1946 and 1947.[1][8] He was NCAA high jump champion in both 1947 and 1948, competing for New York University.[1][3][8] As of 2007, he still held NYU’s record in the high jump—6 feet, 7¾ inches.[9] He also played football as an end for NYU in 1946, earning All-East honors.[6][8][10] He competed in the 1948 Olympics for the United States in decathlon, coming in eighth, as teammate Bob Mathias won the gold medal.[1] In his career, he was ranked third in the world in outdoor high jump and tenth in the decathlon in 1947; sixth in the indoor high jump and eighth in the decathlon in 1948; and third in the outdoor high jump and sixth in the decathlon in 1949.[11]

Coaching career[edit]

He later coached track, basketball, and football at Lincoln University, starting in 1949.[1][12] He coached the US team at the 1950 Maccabiah Games, and was also an advisor to the Israeli Ministry of Education, helping for two years to prepare the countries athletes for the 1952 Olympics.[1][6]

He was then a coach at the University of Pennsylvania; first the assistant track coach (1965–79) and then the head coach (1979–87).[6] He was also an assistant coach on the 1988 U.S. Olympic team.[10] He has previously been an assistant coach at Kutztown University,[6] and now volunteers as an assistant coach at Haverford College.

Honors[edit]

He is a member of the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, the New York Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, and the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[10][13][14] He is also a member of the NYU Athletics Hall of Fame, and the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame.[9][15]

Family[edit]

His son, Brian, was a world-class decathlete in the 1980s.[6] His grandson, also named Brian, was an All-American pole vaulter at Virginia Tech.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Irving Mondschein Biography and Olympic Results". Sports-reference.com. February 7, 1924. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, Roy Silver (1965). Encyclopedia of Jews in sports. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Bob Wechsler (2008). Day by day in Jewish sports history. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ Frank Litzky (March 5, 2004). "Eighty Years Old and Coaching Yet Another Generation". NYT. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ Pamela Cooper (1999). The American Marathon. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Litsky, Frank (March 5, 2004). "Eighty Years Old and Coaching Yet Another Generation". Nytimes.com. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ 2011 Pi Lambda Phi Membership Directory
  8. ^ a b c Day by day in Jewish sports history. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c "moon_hall". Pennalumnitrack.com. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c "Irv Mondschein, USTFCCCA Class of 2007". U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Inductions | Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame". Phillyjewishsports.com. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  12. ^ Litsky, Frank (March 5, 2004). "Eighty Years Old and Coaching Yet Another Generation". The New York Times. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Mondschein, Irv "Moon"". Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Jewish Sports Hall of Fame". Jewishsports.org. March 29, 1998. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  15. ^ "New York University – Hall of Fame". Gonyuathletics.com. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 

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