Joe Bedenk

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Joe Bedenk
Joe Bedenk.jpg
Bedenk pictured in The Campanile 1926, Rice yearbook
Sport(s) Football, baseball
Biographical details
Born July 14, 1897
Died May 2, 1978(1978-05-02) (aged 80)
State College, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1921–1923 Penn State
1922–1923 Penn State
Position(s) Guard (football)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1924–1926 Rice (assistant)
1927–1930 Florida (assistant)
1949 Penn State
1925–1926 Rice
1931–1962 Penn State
Head coaching record
Overall 5–4 (football)
391–171–3 (baseball)
Accomplishments and honors
All-American, 1923

Fred Joseph "Joe" Bedenk (July 14, 1897 – May 2, 1978) was an American football and baseball player and coach. He served as the head baseball coach at Rice University from 1925 to 1926 and at Pennsylvania State University from 1931 to 1962. Bedenk was also the head football coach at Penn State for one season in 1949, tallying a mark of 5–4.

Playing career[edit]

Bedenk played guard for the Penn State Nittany Lions football team. He was elected team captain and earned All-America honors in 1923. He graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Arts in finance in 1924.

Coaching career[edit]

Bedenk served for several years as Penn state's offensive line coach before being promoted to head coach for the 1949 season. After finishing the year at 5–4, Bedenk requested a return to coaching the offensive line and the university brought in Rip Engle as head coach, and Engle's quarterback from Brown University, Joe Paterno as an assistant coach.

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Penn State Nittany Lions (Independent) (1949)
1949 Penn State 5–4
Penn State: 5–4
Total: 5–4


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