Leonard J. Umnus

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Leonard J. Umnus
Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1903-04-18)April 18, 1903
Menominee, Michigan
Died April 13, 1996(1996-04-13) (aged 92)
Watertown, Wisconsin
Playing career
1922–1924 Illinois
Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1925–1927 Fairmount
? Jordan College
1935–1970 Northwestern College
1925–1928 Fairmount
Accomplishments and honors
Wisconsin Football Coaches Hall of Fame
Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame[1]

Leonard J. Umnus (April 18, 1903 – April 13, 1996) was an American football, basketball, and baseball coach.

Playing career[edit]

Umnus enrolled at the University of Illinois in the fall of 1921. While at Illinois he played football with Red Grange under coach Robert Zuppke. Umnus was awarded "letters" for three years as a center and guard. He also was awarded athletic letters for Illinois in boxing.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Wichita State[edit]

Umnus was the 15th head football coach at Fairmont College—now known as Wichita State University—in Wichita, Kansas and he held that position for three seasons, from 1925 until 1927, compiling a record of 12–7–4.[3] Fairmont College became the Municipal University of Wichita in 1926.

Jordan College[edit]

Between coaching in Wichita and Northwestern College, Umnus started the football program at the now defunct Jordan College in Menominee, Michigan.[4]

Northwestern College[edit]

Umnus later coached the Northwestern College Trojans[5] in Watertown, Wisconsin (now a part of Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota).[6] He was the head coach at the school for 35 seasons and his teams produced a record of 135–64–9. At Northwestern, he coached all sports including baseball and basketball.[7]


  1. ^ U.P. Sports Hall of Fame family tree grows By Dennis Grall, Daily Press August 15, 2009
  2. ^ Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame Leonard J. Umnus, Bio
  3. ^ Wichita St. Coaching Records Archived September 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame
  5. ^ The Milwaukee Journal "Goslings to Meet Wheaton Saturday" October 14, 1942
  6. ^ Milwaukee Sentinel "Trojans Enjoy Grid Success Under Umnus" September 23, 1961
  7. ^ Wisconsin Football Coaches Association