Phillip Norris Armstrong
September 15, 1898|
Fort Smith, Arkansas
October 11, 1981 (aged 83)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
1x All-Southern (1919)|
All-time Centre team
Phillip Norris "Army" Armstrong (September 15, 1898 – October 11, 1981) was an American football player and coach.
Norris played tackle and halfback for Centre College Praying Colonels in Danville, Kentucky and was a key offensive player during the 1921 Centre vs. Harvard football game and was captain of the team that year. He also was a player on the school's basketball team. Centre College honored his contribution to the school's athletic program by inducting him into the college's Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a halfback on Centre's all-time football team chosen in 1935.
After graduation from Centre, Norris played professionally for the 1922 season as an offensive tackle for the Milwaukee Badgers of the National Football League alongside his college teammate Bo McMillin.
Armstrong's first coaching position was in 1922 at Centenary College. Here he was assistant to his college teammate (and future professional teammate) Bo McMillin where they produced an impressive record of eight wins and one loss while outscoring opponents 295 to 41.
After completing one year as an assistant coach, Armstrong was named the 15th head football at Carroll College (now called Carroll University) in Waukesha, Wisconsin and he held that position for eight seasons, from 1923 until 1930. His career coaching record at Carroll College was 44–11–6.
Key games for Carroll under Armstrong included the 1925 victory over Great Lakes Naval by a score of 73–0, and an undefeated 1925 season. The program never had anything but winning seasons under Armstrong, with the worst record being 4–3 in 1929; the worst loss that year was a 46–0 defeat by the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Head coaching record
|Carroll Pioneers () (1923–1930)|
- College Football Historical Society "Still The Greatest" by Jim Campbell, August 1996
- Centre College Centre vs Harvard
- Big Blue History University of Kentucky Basketball vs Centre College, February 8, 1921
- Centre College Athletics Hall of Fame
- George Trevor (November 25, 1935). "1921 Team Produces Most Stars For Centre's All-Time Eleven". Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved March 24, 2015 – via Google news.
- JT-SW.com Norris Armstrong
- Database Football Archived 2009-01-04 at the Wayback Machine. Norris Armstrong
- Database Football Archived 2010-02-18 at the Wayback Machine. 1922 Milwaukee Badgers
- The Beta Pi "Gridiron Coaches" Summer 2003
- Pulaski Past[permanent dead link] Pulaski County Biographies
- College Football Data Warehouse Centenary Yearly Results, 1920-1924
- College Football Data Warehouse Centenary College 1922 Results
- Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune September 19, 1923
- Carroll College Archived 2006-05-16 at the Wayback Machine. Football Coaching Records
- City of Waukesha, Wisconsin "Waukesha's History"
- Carroll College Athletics Hall of Fame
- Carroll University Archived 2011-08-11 at the Wayback Machine. Season by Season Results
- The Evening Independent "A Football Legend is Dead" October 13, 1981