September 19, 1901|
|Died||September 27, 1978
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1923||St. Thomas (MN) (line)|
|1923||St. Thomas (MN)|
|Head coaching record|
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.
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). He graduated in 1922 and 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.
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
|Georgia Bulldogs (Southern Conference) (1928–1932)|
|Georgia Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (1933–1937)|
|Ole Miss Rebels (Southeastern Conference) (1938–1945)|
|1943||No team—World War II|
- History of the University of Georgia, Thomas Walter Reed, Imprint: Athens, Georgia : University of Georgia, ca.1949, pp.3543-3561
- New Georgia Encyclopedia entry for George Woodruff