Leonard J. Umnus

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Leonard J. Umnus
"If you don't play to win, why play?"
Sport(s) College football
Current position
Team Fairmount College/University of Wichita
Biographical details
Born April 18, 1903
Menominee, Michigan
Died April 13, 1996(1996-04-13) (aged 92)
Watertown, Wisconsin
Playing career
1921-1924 Illinois
Position(s) guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1925–1927 Fairmount College
?? Jordan College
1935–1970 Northwestern College
Head coaching record
Overall 147-71-11
Accomplishments and honors
Wisconsin Football Coaches Hall of Fame
Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame[1]

Leonard J. Umnus was an American football player, coach, and sports figure in the United States.

Playing history[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 history[edit]

Wichita State[edit]

Umnus was the 15th head college football coach for Fairmont College (now Wichita State University) located in Wichita, Kansas and he held that position for three seasons, from 1925 until 1927. Fairmont College became the Municipal University of Wichita in 1926. His overall coaching record at Fairmount & Wichita was 12 wins, 7 losses, and 4 ties. This ranks him 14th at Wichita State in terms of total wins and ninth at Wichita State in terms of winning percentage.[3]

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 would later go on to coach 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 wins, 64 losses, and 9 ties. 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
  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

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