Fielding H. Yost, the architect of Michigan Football | Yost, Fielding | May 12, 2001 - Feature of the Week: Fielding H. Yost | May 12, 2001 - Wolverinefans.com Feature of the Week: Fielding Yost
... Fielding H. Yost, the architect of Michigan Football | Yost, Fielding | May 12, 2001 - Feature of the Week: Fielding H. Yost | May 12, 2001 - Wolverinefans.com Feature of the Week: Fielding Yost
...Beginning with his inaugural club of 1901, Yost led the Michigan football program on an unprecedented victory run over a five year period.
Known as the "Point-a-Minute
" teams, those Yost led squads played 56 consecutive games without a loss fro1901-1905, which remains the longest winning streaks in school history In those five season the Wolverines
outscored their opponents 2,821 to 42 an average Michigan
victory of 50-1.In his
first season, 1901, Yost
led the Wolverines
to a perfect 10-0 record, a Big Ten Championship, a 49-0 victory over Stanford
in the First Rose Bowl game and the school's firt national championship.The Wolverines
went on to win the national title again in 1902, 1903, and 1904.Under Yost
, the maize and blue won ten Big Ten championships and 20 of his
players earned All-American recognition.Along with his accomplishments as the head football coach, Yost served as Michigan's Director of Athletics from 1921-41.
leadership of the athletic department, Yost
is viewed by many as the consummate pioneer and visionary of the field.As athletic director, Yost continued Michigan's tradition of accepting only the highest personal, academic, and athletic standards, while spreading that ideal to the facilities which support Michigan's athletic pursuits.Yost
conceived and engineered today's modem athletic campus in Ann Arbor.Among the projects constructed under Yost's direction were Michigan
Stadium, the university's 18-hole golf course, the nation's first Intramural Sports Building and the nation's first multi-purpose field house-now known as Yost Ice Arena.Yost received a law degree from the University of West Virginia, yet also attended school at Ohio Northern University and Lafayette.He began his coaching career at Ohio Wesleyan University and led them to the school's only victory over Ohio State.After leaving Ohio Wesleyan, Yost held brief coaching stints at the University of Kansas and the University of Nebraska.
In 1900, he
move to the west coast and took the over as the head coach at Stanford University
, where he
remained for a year before Stanford
enacted a rule allowing only graduates to coach its football teams.
...Arguably no one has left a larger mark on University of Michigan Athletics than Fielding Yost.
Long time football coach (165-29-10) and athletic director his
career was marked with great achievements both on and off the field.From 1901-05 Yost's
football teams were undefeated in 56 straight games.During those five seasons Michigan
outscored its opponents 2,821 to 42 leading these teams to be referred to as "Point-a-minute" squads.Yost
's first football National Championship and as athletic director oversaw the construction of Michigan Stadium, the University golf course
, the nation's first intramural building, and the field house which now bears his
name (Yost Arena).Detroit News article on Fielding H. Yost from October 20, 1996Michigan Daily article on Fielding H. Yost from March 26, 1999Detroit Free Press article on Fielding H. Yost from October 21, 1999Report submitted by Fielding Yost to Athletics Director on May 31, 1924
asked to be buried at the highest point in Ann Arbor, and his
grave lies in Forest Hill Cemetery next to campus.On his
tombstone there is a quote from Yost
, who was born in West Virginia but was never happier than when he
was in Ann Arbor:
I WISH TO REST WHERE THE SPIRIT OF MICHIGAN