Wilmer D. Elfrink

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Wilmer D. Elfrink
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born (1893-12-27)December 27, 1893
Cherokee, Iowa
Died September 22, 1948(1948-09-22) (aged 54)
Los Angeles, California
Playing career
1914–1915 Coe
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1920 Fairmount
1921 University Farm
1920–1921 Fairmount
1921–1922 University Farm
Head coaching record
Overall 6–8–2 (football)
18–7 (basketball)

Wilmer Dale Elfrink (December 27, 1893 – September 22, 1948) was a college football and basketball player and coach.[1]

Playing history[edit]

Elfrink played sports while attending Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was a key player on the football team of 1914 under head coach Moray Eby that the college considers to be one of the best teams the school fielded of all time.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Wichita State[edit]


Elfrink was the 12th head football coach for Fairmount College (now Wichita State University) located in Wichita, Kansas and he held that position for the 1920 season. His overall coaching record at Fairmount College was 3 wins, 4 losses, and 2 ties. This ranks him 27th at Wichita State in terms of total wins and 18th at Wichita State in terms of winning percentage.[3]


Elfrink served later that season as head basketball coach for the Shockers, where his team completed an impressive record of 16 wins and 2 losses.[4] As of the beginning of the 2006 season, this was still considered the "best start" in the history of basketball at the school.[5]

UC Davis[edit]

The next year, Elfrink became the head football coach at University of California, Davis for the 1921 season.[6]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Coe College Athletics: traditions and rivalries
  3. ^ Wichita St. Coaching Records Archived 2012-09-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Sports Reference Wilmer Elfrink Coaching Records
  5. ^ Wichita State university Men's basketball history
  6. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Cal-Davis 1921 results