University of Michigan Football Coaches

Elton E. (Tad) Wieman


Elton Wieman

Considered one of the top offensive line coaches in the nation, Wieman succeeded Fielding H. Yost as Michigan's head man in 1927. In Wieman's first games, the Wolverines won by an amazing 89-0 margin. Upon being appointed head coach, Wieman incorporated many of his own techniques into a system he fundamentally held over from the Yost years.

Known for his quiet, strong demeanor, Wieman came to Ann Arbor from Los Angeles to join the Michigan football team 1916. He starred at a variety of positions, particularly tackle and fullback, and received all-conference recognition at each position. In addition to his accolades on the field, Wieman also earned Phi Beta Kappa honors for his achievement the classroom.

Wieman was also head coach at Princeton from 1938-42. He later went to Maine served as head of the American Football Coaches Association in 1947.