Harry Mehre

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Harry Mehre
Biographical details
Born(1901-09-19)September 19, 1901
Huntington, Indiana
DiedSeptember 27, 1978(1978-09-27) (aged 77)
Atlanta, Georgia
Playing career
1919–1921Notre Dame
1922–1923Minneapolis Marines
1919–1922Notre Dame
Position(s)Center (football)
Center (basketball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1923Minneapolis Marines
1923St. Thomas (MN) (line)
1924–1927Georgia (assistant)
1938–1945Ole Miss
1923St. Thomas (MN)
Head coaching record
Overall98–60–7 (college)
4–5–2 (NFL)

Harry J. Mehre (September 18, 1901 – September 27, 1978) was an American football and basketball player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Georgia (1928–1937) and the University of Mississippi (1938–1945), compiling a career college football record of 98–60–7. Mehre also served as the head coach of the Minneapolis Marines of the NFL in 1923, tallying a mark of 4–5–2.

Early years and education[edit]

Harry Mehre was born in Huntington, Indiana on September 10, 1901. Mehre attended the University of Notre Dame and played center on both the football and basketball teams (serving as co-captain for the 1919–1920 basketball team and captain of the 1920–1921 team).[1]

Sports career[edit]

After Mehre graduated in 1922, he played in that year and in 1923 with the Minneapolis Marines, also serving as head coach in 1923. Mehre was also a football line coach and head basketball coach at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

In 1924, Mehre came to the University of Georgia as an assistant coach under George Woodruff. Upon Woodruff's retirement, Mehre became head coach and compiled a 59–34–6 record over ten years. He also was Georgia's athletic director. After leaving Georgia, Mehre served as the head coach at the University of Mississippi from 1938 to 1945, compiling a 39–26–1 record there.

Death and legacy[edit]

Mehre was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1971. He died in Atlanta in 1978. In 1986, Butts–Mehre Heritage Hall was dedicated on the University of Georgia campus in honor of Mehre and fellow Bulldogs coach Wally Butts.

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
Georgia Bulldogs (Southern Conference) (1928–1932)
1928 Georgia 4–5 2–4 17th
1929 Georgia 6–4 4–2 T–7th
1930 Georgia 7–2–1 3–2–1 10th
1931 Georgia 8–2 6–1 4th
1932 Georgia 2–5–2 2–4–2 15th
Georgia Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (1933–1937)
1933 Georgia 8–2 3–1 3rd
1934 Georgia 7–3 3–2 5th
1935 Georgia 6–4 2–4 11th
1936 Georgia 5–4–1 3–3 T–6th
1937 Georgia 6–3–2 1–2–2 10th
Georgia: 59–34–6 29–25–5
Ole Miss Rebels (Southeastern Conference) (1938–1945)
1938 Ole Miss 9–2 3–2 4th
1939 Ole Miss 7–2 2–2 T–5th
1940 Ole Miss 9–2 3–1 3rd
1941 Ole Miss 6–2–1 2–1–1 5th 17
1942 Ole Miss 2–7 0–5 T–11th
1943 No team—World War II
1944 Ole Miss 2–6 2–3 7th
1945 Ole Miss 4–5 3–3 T–5th
Ole Miss: 39–26–1 15–17–1
Total: 98–60–7


  1. ^ "Harry Mehre". GeorgiaInfo - Online Georgia Almanac. Retrieved January 22, 2019.

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