Norman G. Wann
Wann pictured in Orient 1928, Ball State yearbook
|Sport(s)||Football, basketball, baseball, tennis, track|
July 8, 1882|
July 23, 1957 (aged 75)|
Eagle Harbor Township, Michigan
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1925||Ball Teachers (assistant)|
|1929–1931||City of Detroit|
|1932–1953||City of Detroit / Wayne|
|Head coaching record|
Norman Gillespie "Happy" Wann (July 8, 1882 – July 23, 1957) was an American football player, track athlete, coach of multiple sports, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas (1908–1909), Millikin College (1915–1917, 1919–1922), Earlham College (1923–1924), Ball Teachers College, Eastern Division, Indiana State Normal School—now Ball State University (1926–1927), and the College of the City of Detroit—now Wayne State University (1929–1931), compiling a career college football record of 74–40–10. Wann was also the head basketball coach at Ottawa (1908–1910), Millikin (1915–1918, 1919–1923), and Earlham (1923–1925), amassing a career college basketball record of 128–79. In addition, he was the head baseball coach at Ottawa (1909–1910), Millikin (1916–1918, 1920–1921), Ball Teachers College (1927), tallying a career college baseball mark of 43–39.
Wann attended Earlham College, where he played football as a lineman and ran track. He left campus in 1908 one credit short of his BBS degree, which he did not receive until 1922. Earlham served with the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War I. In 1929, he earned a master's degree in physical education from the University of Wisconsin. After his retirement from coaching, he moved to Eagle Harbor Township, Michigan. He died there on July 23, 1957. Three years earlier, in 1954, he was inducted into Earlham's Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1986, he was inducted into the Wayne State University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Head coaching record
|Ottawa Braves (KIAC) (1908–1909)|
|Millikin Big Blue (Independent) (1915–1917)|
|Millikin Big Blue (Independent) (1919–1922)|
|Earlham Quakers (Independent) (1923–1924)|
|Ball Teachers Hoosieroons (Independent) (1926–1927)|
|City of Detroit Tartars () (1929–1931)|
|1929||City of Detroit||2–7|
|1930||City of Detroit||0–9|
|1931||City of Detroit||0–6–1|
|City of Detroit:||2–15–1|
- "2012 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Ottawa Braves. p. 7. Retrieved February 26, 2013.[permanent dead link]
- "Former Coach Dies". Traverse City Record-Eagle. Traverse City, Michigan. United Press. July 25, 1957. p. 16. Retrieved July 23, 2017 – via Newspapers.com .
- "Hall of Fame: Norman G. Wann". Wayne State University Athletics. Wayne State University. Retrieved October 31, 2011.