Elmer Burnham

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Elmer Burnham
Elmer Burnham.jpg
Burnham pictured in Debris 1943, Purdue yearbook
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1894-09-08)September 8, 1894
West Newbury, Massachusetts
Died March 9, 1977(1977-03-09) (aged 82)
Rochester, New York
Playing career
1910s Springfield (MA)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1919–1934 South Bend Central HS (IN)
1935–1941 Purdue (freshmen)
1942–1943 Purdue
1944–1960 Rochester (NY)
Head coaching record
Overall 92–56–6 (college)
118–30–8 (high school)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 Big Ten (1943)

Elmer Harold Burnham (September 8, 1894 – March 9, 1977) was an American football player and coach. He was the head football coach at Purdue University in 1942 and 1943. Burnham's 1943 Purdue squad went 9–0 and shared the Big Ten Conference title with Michigan. From 1944 to 1960, Burnham served as the head coach at the University of Rochester, where he compiled a record of 82–48–6 in 17 seasons.[1] Burnham served as Purdue's freshman football coach for seven years before assuming the role as varsity head coach in 1942.[2] Before coming to Purdue, Burnham coached football at Central High School in South Bend, Indiana for 16 seasons, tallying a mark of 118–30–8.[3]

Burnham was a veteran of World War I. He served with Trench Mortar Battery 309 and spent one year in the European theatre.[4] Burnham died on March 9, 1977 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

College[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten Conference) (1942–1943)
1942 Purdue 1–8 1–4 8th
1943 Purdue 9–0 6–0 T–1st 5
Purdue: 10–8 7–4
Rochester Yellowjackets () (1944–1960)
1944 Rochester 5–3
1945 Rochester 3–4
1946 Rochester 3–4–1
1947 Rochester 6–1–1
1948 Rochester 4–4–1
1949 Rochester 3–6
1950 Rochester 1–4–3
1951 Rochester 7–1
1952 Rochester 8–0
1953 Rochester 4–3
1954 Rochester 5–3
1955 Rochester 3–5
1956 Rochester 4–4
1957 Rochester 5–3
1958 Rochester 8–0
1959 Rochester 7–1
1960 Rochester 6–2
Rochester: 82–48–6
Total: 92–56–6
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "University of Rochester Athletics and Recreation: Hall of Fame". University of Rochester. Retrieved January 28, 2010. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Coach Burnham is Signed: Former Purdue Mentor Will Serve at Rochester". The New York Times. May 14, 1944. Retrieved January 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Elmer Burnham, Purdue Mentor, Isn't Too Serious". The Milwaukee Journal. United Press. October 13, 1943. Retrieved June 9, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Elmer Burnham Quits As Purdue Football Coach". Chicago Daily Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. May 15, 1944. p. 1. Retrieved November 21, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Obituaries" (PDF). Rochester review. Summer 1977: 40. Retrieved November 21, 2016. 

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