Former coach and athletics director set the path for Notre Dame's football excellence 100 years ago
A tackle on Knute Rockne's last three Notre Dame teams, Leahy graduated
from Notre Dame in 1931. He went to Georgetown as line coach in 1931 and
went to Michigan State the following year to take a similar position. Leahy
took over as line coach at Fordham in 1933 and stayed until 1938 under
Jim Crowley, coaching the famed Seven Blocks of Granite from 1935-37 when
the Rams lost only two combined games. In 1939, he went to Boston College
as head coach for two years, guiding the Eagles to a 20-2 record and a
1941 Sugar Bowl victory. Leahy came to Notre Dame as head coach the next
season. He entered the Navy in 1944 and was discharged as a lieutenant.
He returned to Notre Dame for the 1946 season and stayed until resigning
for health reasons in 1954. While at Notre Dame, Leahy had six undefeated
seasons, five national championship teams and an unbeaten string of 39
games in the late 1940s. He was selected to the National Football Foundation
Hall of Fame in 1970.