Fred Thomsen

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Fred Thomsen
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Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1897-04-25)April 25, 1897
Died January 7, 1986(1986-01-07) (aged 88)
Playing career
1920–1923 Nebraska
1924 Rock Island Independents
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1925–1926 Gothenburg HS (NE)
1927–1928 Arkansas (assistant)
1929–1941 Arkansas
1949–1952 Southwest Missouri State
Head coaching record
Overall 75–78–14 (college)
Bowls 0–0–1
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 SWC (1936)
1 MIAA (1951)

Fred Charles Thomsen (April 25, 1897 – January 7, 1986) was an American football player and coach. From 1929 to 1941, he was the head football coach at the University of Arkansas, compiling a record of 56–61–10. In 1949, he became the head football coach at Southwest Missouri State College, now Missouri State University, where he served until 1952. His record at Southwest Missouri State was 19–17–4. Thomsen's career record as a head coach was 75–78–4. Thomsen played for the Rock Island Independents in the National Football League (NFL) for one season in 1924.

Arkansas[edit]

In 1933, Thomsen's Razorbacks had the best record in the Southwest Conference, but Arkansas had to forfeit their first conference championship because Thomsen played Heinie Schleuter, an ineligible athlete. Schleuter had told Thomsen he could play, but actually had no remaining eligibility. A member of the SMU Mustangs noticed him as a former Nebraska Cornhusker, forcing the Hogs to give up their first conference title. The Razorbacks won their first conference championship in 1936. However, TCU received the Southwest Conference's bid to the first Cotton Bowl, leaving Arkansas out of the bowl picture. Thomsen popularized the forward pass at Arkansas, attempting over 300 aerials, which caught fire across the Southwest Conference. Thomsen used two quarterbacks, Dwight Sloan for wet weather, and Jack Robbins for dry.

Head coaching record[edit]

College[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
Arkansas Razorbacks (Southwest Conference) (1929–1941)
1929 Arkansas 7–2 3–2 3rd
1930 Arkansas 3–6 2–2 5th
1931 Arkansas 3–5–1 0–4 7th
1932 Arkansas 1–6–2 1–4 7th
1933 Arkansas 7–3–1 4–1 1st T Dixie Classic
1934 Arkansas 4–4–2 2–3–1 5th
1935 Arkansas 5–5 2–4 5th
1936 Arkansas 7–3 5–1 1st 18
1937 Arkansas 6–2–2 3–2–1 3rd 14
1938 Arkansas 2–7–1 1–5 T–6th
1939 Arkansas 4–5–1 2–3–1 5th
1940 Arkansas 4–6 1–5 6th
1941 Arkansas 3–7 0–6 7th
Arkansas: 56–61–10 26–42–3
Southwest Missouri State Bears (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1949–1952)
1949 Southwest Missouri State 5–4–1 3–1–1 T–2nd
1950 Southwest Missouri State 5–4–2 3–1–1 2nd
1951 Southwest Missouri State 6–3–1 4–0–1 T–1st
1952 Southwest Missouri State 3–6 1–4 T–5th
Southwest Missouri State: 19–17–4 11–6–3
Total: 75–78–14
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final AP Poll.

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