University of Michigan Football Coaches

George Little


George Little

After serving primarily as Yost's top assistant for two seasons, Little was named head coach for the 1924 season. In his three years at Michigan, the Wolverine football program suffered only two losses. In the 1924 campaign, Little's defensive-minded clubs shut-out their opponents in five of the six victories. Upon his arrival in Ann Arbor, he helped restore Michigan's prominence on the gridiron after three straight finishes in the Big Ten's lower tier.

Little left Michigan following his lone season as head coach to accept the Athletic Director position at the University of Wisconsin. At the time of his appointment, Little was the youngest A.D. in the Big Ten conference. He later served as Director of Athletics at Rutgers and as the Executive Secretary of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.

Little graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1912 and began his successful coaching career at the University of Cincinnati in 1914-15. He then moved to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he guided the Redskins; to their first conference title in 1916. Little served in World War I in 1917-18 before returning to Miami in 1920-22.