University of Michigan Football Coaches

Harry G. Kipke


Harry Kipke

In a four year span between 1930 and 1933, Kipke' s teams experienced unparalleled success by winning four Big Ten and two National titles (1932 and 1933). During this stretch, the Wolverines compiled an astounding 34-1-3 record. Kipke stands as one of only three Michigan coaches ever to direct teams to four consecutive conference championships along with Fielding Yost and Bo Schembechler.

In his playing days, Kipke distinguished himself as one of the nation's greatest kickers and was named an All-American halfback by the Walter Camp Foundation. He holds the honor of being Michigan's first nine-letterman, participating in football, basketball, and baseball.

Following his graduation in 1925, Kipke became assistant football and head baseball coach at the University of Missouri, but returned to Ann Arbor the next fall to fill similar positions at Michigan. In 1928 he was named the head coach at Michigan State College (currently Michigan State University) where he remained for one season. Kipke's Spartans lost a tough 3-0 contest to Michigan in his only season in East Lansing. Kipke took over the Wolverine program in 1929 after a 3-4-1 season at Michigan State.