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Mr. Fielding H. Yost

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  • law degree
    University of West Virginia
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Among sports figures who had notable ..., 2 Mar 2014 [cached]
Among sports figures who had notable careers in the state were Fielding H. Yost (b.West Virginia, 1871?1946), University of Michigan football coach; Joe Louis (Joseph Louis Barrow, b.Alabama, 1914-81), heavyweight boxing champion from 1937 to 1949; "Sugar Ray" Robinson (1921-89), who held at various times the welterweight and middleweight boxing titles; and baseball Hall of Famers Al Kaline (b.Maryland, 1934) and Tyrus Raymond ("Ty") Cobb (b.Georgia, 1886?1961), who won 12 batting titles, were Detroit Tigers stars.
Michigan Wildlife Conservancy, 20 July 2013 [cached]
Then in 1943, according to Massie, "Fielding Yost was named head football coach at the University of Michigan and soon launched the golden era of the gridiron for Ann Arbor… but he was no naturalist or historian.
NAIC Online - NAIC Stock Selection Guide, 1 Oct 2001 [cached]
Some of the philosophy behind the development of the Guide came from Fielding Yost, Mr. Nicholson's football coach at the University of Michigan.Mr. Yost was a proponent of "a strong defense and a long-scoring play."
Past Inductees - Hall of Fame Induction Gala - Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation, 6 Nov 2010 [cached]
All-Western football player at the University of Michigan in 1909 and 1910 for Fielding H. Yost.
Played three years under legendary coach, Fielding Yost, at the University of Michigan, alongside Benny Friedman.
Fielding H. Yost, the ..., 20 Aug 2003 [cached]
Fielding H. Yost, the architect of Michigan Football | Yost, Fielding | May 12, 2001 - Feature of the Week: Fielding H. Yost | May 12, 2001 - 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 - 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.For his 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 continued his 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 won Michigan'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, 1996
Michigan Daily article on Fielding H. Yost from March 26, 1999
Detroit Free Press article on Fielding H. Yost from October 21, 1999
Report submitted by Fielding Yost to Athletics Director on May 31, 1924
Yost 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:
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