John Edmund Fries

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John Edmund "Jack" Fries
Jack Fries, suited up for the 1908 Carroll College yearbook photo
Sport(s) College football
Biographical details
Born (1885-06-19)June 19, 1885
Norway, Wisconsin
Died January 21, 1955(1955-01-21) (aged 69)
Burlington, Wisconsin
Playing career
1904–1908 Carroll (WI)
Position(s) Right Tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1914–1918 Carroll (WI)
1920 Carroll (WI)
Head coaching record
Overall 11-14-5

John Edmund "Jack" Fries (June 19, 1885 – January 21, 1955) was an American football player, coach, and sports figure in the United States. He was born in Norway, Wisconsin in 1885.[1]

Playing history[edit]

Fries played right tackle for the Carroll College Pioneers located in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In his senior year, he was captain of the team that he played on for four years.[2] As a player, he would witness his opposing team throw the first legal forward pass on September 5, 1906 in a 22–0 against Saint Louis University.[3]

Fries also played on the basketball team at Carroll[4] and his brother Arthur (who students affectionately called "Nuts") played left tackle for the football team.[5]

Coaching history[edit]

Fries was named the 11th head college football coach[6] for his alma mater and he held that position for four seasons, from 1914[7] until 1918 and then returning for the 1920 season.[8] His career coaching record at Carroll College was 11 wins, 14 losses, and 5 ties. This ranks him 12th at Carroll College in total wins and 19th at Carroll College in winning percentage.[9] The school did not field a team in 1917 because of World War I. His best season was 1914 with a 5–1–0 record, defeating Marquette and Lake Forest. His teams also played Loyola, Michigan, and Michigan State.[10] The Michigan Wolverines soundly beat them by a score of 54 to 0[11] in the 1916 season under legendary coach Fielding Yost,[12] where Carroll only produced one first down the entire game.[13]

While coaching, he also was the physical director and professor of mathematics at Carroll.[14] Fries died at a hospital in Burlington, Wisconsin in 1955. He was buried at Norway Cemetery in Norway, Wisconsin, his birthplace.[15]

In 1986, the school honored his contribution to sports at the school by inducting him into their "Athletic Hall of Fame" for exemplary performance in competition and their contributions to athletics at Carroll.[16]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Hinakaga Yearbook Collection[permanent dead link] "Carroll Digital Collections"
  3. ^ The Anatomy of a Game: Football, the Rules, and the Men Who Made the Game by David M. Nelson 1994
  4. ^ Carroll College 1911 Yearbook
  5. ^ Carroll College 1911 Yearbook Arthur "Nuts" Fries
  6. ^ The Milwaukee Sentinel "Open Season Saturday" September 23, 1915
  7. ^ The Waukesha Freeman "Last Days at Carroll" June 11, 1914
  8. ^ Appleton Post-Crescent "Carroll is Next Lawrence Victim" November 9, 1920
  9. ^ Carroll College/University Athletics Archived 2006-05-16 at the Wayback Machine. Football Records
  10. ^ Carroll University Archived 2007-08-07 at the Wayback Machine. Football Season by Season Results
  11. ^ Christian Science Monitor "MICHIGAN DEFEATS CARROLL" October 12, 1916
  12. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Archived 2009-06-28 at the Wayback Machine. University of Michigan historical football results
  13. ^ Hartford Courant "Football Games" October 12, 1916
  14. ^ Carroll College Yearbook[permanent dead link] 1914
  15. ^ "Former Carroll Coach is Dead", Waukesha Daily Freeman, Thursday, January 27, 1955, Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States Of America
  16. ^ The Pioneer Carroll College "Hall of Fame" Spring 2004

External links[edit]

John Edmund Fries at Find a Grave