The Info List - Wes Fesler

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Wesley Eugene Fesler (June 29, 1908 – July 30, 1989) was an American football, basketball, and baseball player and coach of football and basketball. He was a three-sport athlete at Ohio State University
Ohio State University
and a consensus first-team selection to the College Football All-America Team three straight years (1928–1930). Fesler was later the head football coach at Wesleyan University
Wesleyan University
(1941–1942), the University of Pittsburgh (1946), Ohio State (1947–1950), and the University of Minnesota (1951–1953), compiling a career record of 41–40–8. He was also the head basketball coach at Harvard University (1933–1941), Wesleyan (1941–1944) and Princeton University (1945–1946), tallying a mark of 78–139. Fesler was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
as a player in 1954.


1 Playing career

1.1 Football 1.2 Basketball

2 Coaching career 3 Head coaching record

3.1 Football

4 References 5 External links

Playing career[edit] Fesler came to Ohio State from Youngstown, Ohio. At Ohio State, Fesler was a member of both Pi Kappa Alpha
Pi Kappa Alpha
and Phi Beta Kappa, earning a total of nine varsity letters in baseball, basketball, and football. He was a charter inductee in the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame in 1977. Football[edit] Many believe Fesler's greatest talents were in football. He primarily played end and was a consensus first-team All-America selection in 1928 and 1929 and a unanimous first-team All-America selection in 1930. Depending on the game situation, he would sometimes move into the backfield as a fullback. In 1930, he was voted the Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten. Jock Sutherland, the University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
coach, called Fesler "a one man team. It is unbelievable how that boy can do so many things." In 1939 Grantland Rice
Grantland Rice
listed Fesler at end on his all-time college football team. Fesler was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954. In 1934, high-speed photographer "Doc" Edgerton took the now-classic photograph " Wes Fesler
Wes Fesler
Kicking a Football." The stroboscope photograph demonstrated the dent in the ball at the point of contact. Basketball[edit] In basketball Fesler was a guard. He was the basketball captain as a junior in the Spring of 1930, and the football captain as a senior in the Autumn of that year. He was Ohio State's first consensus first-team All-America selection in basketball in 1931. Coaching career[edit] Fesler ignored interest from teams of the National Football League
National Football League
and instead pursued a career in coaching. He began his coaching career as an assistant to his Ohio State football coach, Sam Willaman, in 1931 and 1932. In 1933, Fesler accepted an offer from Harvard University
Harvard University
as head coach of the basketball team and backfield coach of the football team. He stayed at Harvard until 1941. His stint at Harvard turned out to be the longest tenure of his career. In 1941, Fesler accepted an offer from Wesleyan University
Wesleyan University
to be the head coach of their football team. Unfortunately, the Wesleyan football program was interrupted after the 1942 season by World War II. In 1945, Fesler accepted an offer from Princeton as head basketball coach and assistant football coach. He later became the head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
in 1946. In 1947, he became the head coach at Ohio State. He resigned on December 9, 1950, citing "excessive pressure for winning football games"[1]. After leaving Ohio State, he became head coach at the University of Minnesota from 1951–1953. Fesler's 1949 Ohio State team was the Big Ten Conference
Big Ten Conference
co-champion and beat California in the Rose Bowl. Fesler developed the talents of 1950 Heisman Trophy winner Vic Janowicz
Vic Janowicz
at Ohio State and two-time Big Ten MVP Paul Giel at Minnesota. Fesler had a stronger record as a football coach than as a basketball coach. His combined record as a major college football head coach, at Pitt, Ohio State, and Minnesota, was 34–31–8. His combined record as basketball head coach at Harvard and Princeton was 67–108. Head coaching record[edit] Football[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°

Wesleyan Cardinals (Little Three) (1941–1942)

1941 Wesleyan 4–4

1942 Wesleyan 3–5

Wesleyan: 7–9

Pittsburgh Panthers (NCAA independent) (1946)

1946 Pittsburgh 3–5–1

Pittsburgh: 3–5–1

Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten Conference) (1947–1950)

1947 Ohio State 2–6–1 1–4–1 9th

1948 Ohio State 6–3 3–3 4th

1949 Ohio State 7–1–2 4–1–1 T–1st W Rose


1950 Ohio State 6–3 5–2 T–2nd

10 14

Ohio State: 21–13–3 13–10–2

Minnesota Golden Gophers (Big Ten Conference) (1951–1953)

1951 Minnesota 2–6–1 1–4–1 7th

1952 Minnesota 4–3–2 3–1–2 T–4th

1953 Minnesota 4–4–1 3–3–1 T–5th

Minnesota: 10–13–4 7–8–4

Total: 41–40–8

      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

#Rankings from final Coaches Poll. °Rankings from final AP Poll.


^ Bynum, Mike (1991). Woody Hayes: The Man & His Dynasty (First ed.). Gridiron Football Properties. p. 3. ISBN 1878839020. 

External links[edit]

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Wes Fesler
at the College Football Hall of Fame Wes Fesler
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at College Basketball
at Sports-Reference.com

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1928 College Football All-America Team consensus selections


QB Howard Harpster HB Chris Cagle HB Chuck Carroll HB Paul Scull FB Ken Strong


E Wes Fesler E Irvine Phillips T Mike Getto T Otto Pommerening G Don Robesky G Edward Burke G Seraphim Post C Peter Pund

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1929 College Football All-America Team consensus selections


QB Frank Carideo HB Chris Cagle HB Gene McEver FB Ralph Welch


E Joe Donchess E Wes Fesler T Bronko Nagurski T Elmer Sleight G Jack Cannon G Ray Montgomery C Ben Ticknor

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1930 College Football All-America Team consensus selections


QB Frank Carideo HB Erny Pinckert HB Marchmont Schwartz FB Leonard Macaluso


E Frank Baker E Wes Fesler T Milo Lubratovich T Fred Sington G Ted Beckett G Barton Koch C Ben Ticknor

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Wes Fesler George Gregory Joe Reiff Elwood