Noble Kizer

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Noble Kizer
Noble Kizer.jpg
Kizer pictured in Debris 1931, Purdue yearbook
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born (1900-03-11)March 11, 1900
near Plymouth, Indiana
Died June 13, 1940(1940-06-13) (aged 40)
Lafayette, Indiana
Playing career
1922–1924 Notre Dame
1924–1925 Notre Dame
Position(s) Guard (football)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1925–1929 Purdue (assistant)
1930–1936 Purdue
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1933–1940 Purdue
Head coaching record
Overall 42–13–3
Accomplishments and honors
2 Big Ten (1931–1932)

Noble E. "Nobe" Kizer (March 11, 1900 – June 13, 1940) was an American football and basketball player, football coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Purdue University from 1930 to 1936. During his tenure as head coach, he won two Big Ten Conference titles and compiled a record of 42–13–3. Kizer was also the athletic director from 1933 until his death in 1940.

From 1922 to 1924, Kizer played right guard at Notre Dame under Knute Rockne. In 1925, he became an assistant coach at Purdue under James Phelan and inherited the head coaching position upon Phelan's departure for the University of Washington. Kizer died on June 13, 1940 in Lafayette, Indiana from a kidney ailment and high blood pressure.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten Conference) (1930–1936)
1930 Purdue 6–2 4–2 3rd
1931 Purdue 9–1 5–1 T–1st
1932 Purdue 7–0–1 5–0–1 T–1st
1933 Purdue 6–1–1 3–1–1 4th
1934 Purdue 5–3 3–1 4th
1935 Purdue 4–4 3–3 T–3rd
1936 Purdue 5–2–1 3–1–1 T–4th
Purdue: 42–13–3 26–9–3
Total: 42–13–3
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