Frank Longman

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Frank Longman
Frank Longman.jpg
Longman cropped from 1903 Michigan Wolverines team photograph
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1882-12-07)December 7, 1882
Died April 2, 1928(1928-04-02) (aged 45)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Playing career
1903–1905 Michigan
Position(s) Fullback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1906–1907 Arkansas
1908 Wooster
1909–1910 Notre Dame
Head coaching record
Overall 19–14–5

Frank Chandler "Shorty" Longman (December 7, 1882 – April 4, 1928) was an American college football player and coach. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Longman played college football at the University of Michigan from 1903 to 1905. He later served as the head football coach at the University of Arkansas (1906–1907), and the University of Notre Dame (1909–1910).

A native of Battle Creek, Michigan, Longman was one of the stars of Fielding H. Yost's "Point-a-Minute" teams at the University of Michigan in 1903, 1904, and 1905. In December 1904, the Chicago Daily Tribune wrote: "Longman hits the line like a stone shot from a catapult."[1] University of Chicago star, Walter Eckersall, later wrote of Longman:

"Outside of Billy Heston and Tom Hammond, Longman was the most respected player on the Wolverine elevens of those years. He was a great line plunger, had an uncanny knack of holding his feet, and when Heston and Hammond buckled on to him to drive him through a line he was hard to stop. ... Aside from being a wonderful ball carrier, Longman was a splendid blocker and it was his perfect taking off of tacklers which made numbers of Heston's runs possible."[2]

From 1906 to 1907, he served as the head football coach at the University of Arkansas, where he compiled a 5–8–3 record. He then coached for one season at the College of Wooster in 1908. From 1909 to 1910, he coached at Notre Dame, where his teams went 11–1–2. In December 1910, Longman sold a photographic business and opened a new business in Ann Arbor, Michigan as a manufacturer of flashlight powders.[3] In August 1911, Longman resigned as the coach at Notre Dame. At the time, The Indianapolis Star wrote:

"Shorty Longman, former Michigan star full back, all-American choice, and one of the finest players that ever donned the moleskins, has forsaken football. For the last few years his work with the Notre Dame University eleven has been little short of phenomenal, and under his tutelage and care the Catholics last season managed to win the Western championship and, land a good hold on the Eastern championship, as much as it is possible for any Western team to do. All Notre Dame will mourn the loss of Longman. He was a prime favorite among the pigskin artists, and a general favorite among the student body. His work with the eleven and their subsequent victories made him the hero of every Notre Dame man. Longman put on the field for Notre Dame the classiest group of football players that ever fought under the Catholic colors."[4]

Longman died from tuberculosis of the lungs and larynx at the University of Michigan Hospital in 1928 at age 45.[2][5][6][7]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Arkansas Cardinals (Independent) (1906–1907)
1906 Arkansas 2–4–2
1907 Arkansas 3–4–1
Arkansas: 5–8–3
Wooster Fighting Scots (Independent) (1908)
1908 Wooster 3–5
Wooster: 3–5
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Independent) (1909–1910)
1909 Notre Dame 7–0–1
1910 Notre Dame 4–1–1
Notre Dame: 11–1–2
Total: 19–14–5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All-Western Team Chosen: Chicago Expert Names Strong Eleven". Salt Lake Tribune. 1904-12-04. 
  2. ^ a b Walter Eckersall (1928-04-04). "Frank Longman, Teammate of Heston at Michigan, Dies". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 30. 
  3. ^ "COACH TO BE MANUFACTURER: Frank Longman Sells Photographic Business In Ann Arbor". The Indianapolis Star. 1910-12-17. 
  4. ^ "CATHOLICS LOSE SHORTY LONGMAN: Sensational Gridiron Coach Resigns as Head of Notre Dame Football Eleven; MARKS, DARTMOUTH, SIGNED; Former Eastern Half Back Will Direct Fortunes of Last Season's Champions". The Indianapolis Star. 1911-08-06. 
  5. ^ "'Shorty' Longman Dies in Ann Arbor Hospital". Ludington Daily News. 1928-04-03. 
  6. ^ "Old Michigan Grid Star Is 'T.B.' Victim". Capital Times. 1928-04-04. 
  7. ^ "SHORTY LONGMAN DIES: Was Ex-Michigan Star and Coach at Notre Dame in 1909 and 1910". The New York Times. 1934-04-04. 

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