Merle Masonholder

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Merle Masonholder
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1943-12-16)December 16, 1943
Died March 26, 2018(2018-03-26) (aged 74)
Fayette, Missouri, U.S.
Playing career
1962–1965 Northern Iowa
Position(s) Offensive tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982–2000 Carroll (WI)
2001–2007 Central Methodist
Head coaching record
Overall 88–87 (Carroll only)

Ross Merle Masonholder (born December 16, 1943) is a former American football player and coach.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Masonholder played college football at the University of Northern Iowa, where he was a two-time first team "All-Conference" tackle and received honorable mention as an All-America athlete.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Carroll College[edit]

Masonholder was the 26th head football coach at Carroll College—now known as Carroll University—in Waukesha, Wisconsin and he held that position for 19 seasons, from 1982 until 2000. His coaching record at Carroll was 88–87.

Central Methodist[edit]

Masonholder later became the head coach at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri from 2001 until the conclusion of the 2007 season.[3] While at CMU, he oversaw many positive changes in the football program and athletic department.[4]


  1. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association; Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States; National Collegiate Athletic Association. Special convention (3rd : 1976). (1998). Yearbook of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Association. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ Central Methodist University "Masonholder Retiring as Head Football Coach at CMU" November 12, 2007
  3. ^ Columbia Tribune Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine. "CMU names Dykens to lead football team-New coach was assistant at Graceland" by Ryan Nilsson, December 12, 2007
  4. ^ Columbia Tribune Archived 2008-08-29 at the Wayback Machine. "Improvement Imperative" by Steve Walentik, August 30, 2007