Fennell pictured in La Vie 1908, Penn State yearbook
May 25, 1875|
Jersey City, New Jersey
|Died||November 4, 1936
New York, New York
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
College Football Data Warehouse
Thomas Francis Fennell (May 25, 1875 – November 4, 1936) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Cincinnati in 1897 and at Pennsylvania State University from 1904 to 1908, compiling a career college football record of 42–18–2. Fennell played football at Cornell University, where he is a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame.
Fennell was the son of Thomas McCarthy Fennell. He graduated from Cornell Law School, and was admitted to the bar. During his legal career, he was City Attorney of Elmira, County Attorney of Chemung County, and First Deputy Secretary of State of New York. In November 1910, he ran on the Republican ticket for New York State Treasurer but was defeated.
Hall of Fame
Fennell was inducted into Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame. Fennell was described as a "star" in three different sports while at Cornell: Football, Men's Crew, and Men's Track as well as being Heavyweight Champion in boxing. The Cornell Hall of Fame states that Fennell
- rowed on the 1895 crew that participated in England’s Henley Regatta. During their second round race against Trinity Hall, Fennell fainted in the latter stages of the race and required medical attention. He was the center on the 1895 football team quarterbacked by Cornell’s first All-American, Clint Wyckoff. Fennell was Penn State’s first full-time head football coach and served in that capacity from 1904-08, compiling a five-year record of 33-17-1, with his 06 team going 8-1-1. He gave up coaching to devote time to his law practice in Elmira, N.Y., and later served as a judge of the New York State Court of Claims, and as first deputy Attorney-General of New York.
Fennell's Nephew, Thomas Francis Fennell II, Class of 1926, is also a Cornell Athletic Hall of Famer.
Head coaching record
|Cincinnati Bearcats (1897)|
|Penn State Nittany Lions (1904–1908)|
- The Rise of Cornell Rowing 1871-1920
- MacCambridge, Michael (September 2005). ESPN College Football Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Game. ESPN Books. p. 706. ISBN 978-1-4013-3703-2.
- Langstedt, Eric (October 2012). The Rise of Cornell Rowing 1871-1920. St. Magnus Press. p. 124. ISBN 978-0-578-11231-2.
- "Obit - Nov 4, 1936 - THOMAS FRANCIS FENNELL; Ex-Judge of State Court of Claims a Former Cornell...". New York Times. 1936-11-04. Retrieved 2009-07-16.