Earl Martineau

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Earl Martineau
Earl Martineau.jpg
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1896-08-30)August 30, 1896
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died January 20, 1966(1966-01-20) (aged 69)
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Playing career
1921–1923 Minnesota
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1924–1928 Western State
1929–1930 Purdue (backfield)
1932–1937 Princeton (backfield)
1938–1945 Michigan (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 26–10–2
Accomplishments and honors
All-American, 1922
All-American, 1923

Earl Thomas Martineau (August 30, 1896 – January 20, 1966) was an American football player and coach. He played halfback at the University of Minnesota and was selected as an All-American in 1922 and 1923 and served as the captain of the 1923 Minnesota team. After graduating from Minnesota, Martineau became a football coach. From 1924 to 1928, he was the head football coach at Western Michigan University, then known as Western State Normal School and Western State Teachers College, compiling a record of 26–10–2 in five seasons. His 1926 team tallied a record of 7–1. Martineau later served as a backfield coach for Purdue. In 1932, Martineau began a long association with Fritz Crisler. He was the backfield coach for Crisler at Princeton University from 1932 to 1937 and an assistant coach under Crisler at the University of Michigan from 1938 to 1945.

Early life and playing career[edit]

Martineau attended West High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from which he graduated in 1917. He enlisted with the United States Marine Corps and served overseas from 1917 to 1919.[1] He died of a heart attack in 1966.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Western State Hilltoppers (Independent) (1924–1926)
1924 Western State 5–1–1
1925 Western State 6–2–1
1926 Western State 7–1
Western State Hilltoppers (Michigan Collegiate Conference) (1927–1928)
1927 Western State 3–4 0–2
1928 Western State 5–2 1–1
Western State: 26–10–2 1–3
Total: 26–10–2


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