Phillip Norris Armstrong
|Phillip Norris "Army" Armstrong|
|Team||Carroll College (Wisconsin)|
|Born||September 15, 1898
Fort Smith, Arkansas
|Died||October 11, 1981(aged 83)|
|Alma mater||Centre College|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Centenary College (asst)
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
2 SIAA (1919, 1921)
1x All-Southern (1919)
All-time Centre team
Phillip Norris "Army" Armstrong (September 15, 1898 – October 11, 1981) was an American football player, coach, and sports figure in the United States. He played professionally and also coached successfully at the college level.
Norris played tackle and halfback for Centre College Praying Colonels in Danville, Kentucky and was a key offensive player during the 1921 Centre vs. Harvard football game and was captain of the team that year. He also was a player on the school's basketball team. Centre College honored his contribution to the school's athletic program by inducting him into the college's Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a halfback on Centre's all-time football team chosen in 1935.
After graduation from Centre, Norris played professionally for the 1922 season as an offensive tackle for the Milwaukee Badgers of the National Football League alongside his college teammate Bo McMillin.
Armstrong's first coaching position was in 1922 at Centenary College. Here he was assistant to his college teammate (and future professional teammate) Bo McMillin where they produced an impressive record of eight wins and one loss while outscoring opponents 295 to 41.
After completing one year as an assistant coach, Armstrong was named the 15th head college football coach for the Carroll College Pioneers (now called Carroll University) located in Waukesha, Wisconsin and he held that position for eight seasons, from 1923 until 1930. His career coaching record at Carroll College was 44 wins, 11 losses, and 6 ties. As of the conclusion of the 2007 season, this ranks him third at Carroll College in total wins and third at Carroll College in winning percentage.
Coach Armstrong oversaw one of the most successful periods of the football team at the college. The university honored his contributions by inducting him into the school's "Hall of Fame" in 1973.
Key games for Carroll under Armstrong included the 1925 victory over Great Lakes Naval by a score of 73-0, and an undefeated 1925 season. The program never had anything but "winning" seasons under coach Armstrong, with the worst record being 4 wins and 3 losses in 1929, the worst loss that year a 46-0 defeat by the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Head coaching record
|Year||Team||Overall||Conference||Standing||Bowl/playoffs||NAIA Coach's Poll#|
|Carroll University () (1923–1930)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.|
- College Football Historical Society "Still The Greatest" by Jim Campbell, August 1996
- Centre College Centre vs Harvard
- Big Blue History University of Kentucky Basketball vs Centre College, February 8, 1921
- Centre College Athletics Hall of Fame
- George Trevor (November 25, 1935). "1921 Team Produces Most Stars For Centre's All-Time Eleven". Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved March 24, 2015 – via Google news.
- JT-SW.com Norris Armstrong
- Database Football Norris Armstrong
- Database Football 1922 Milwaukee Badgers
- The Beta Pi "Gridiron Coaches" Summer 2003
- Pulaski Past Pulaski County Biographies
- College Football Data Warehouse Centenary Yearly Results, 1920-1924
- College Football Data Warehouse Centenary College 1922 Results
- Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune September 19, 1923
- Carroll College Football Coaching Records
- City of Waukesha, Wisconsin "Waukesha's History"
- Carroll College Athletics Hall of Fame
- Carroll University Season by Season Results
- The Evening Independent "A Football Legend is Dead" October 13, 1981