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Bernie Bierman

Bernie Bierman

Bernie Bierman was inducted into the 1977 Tulane Hall OF Fame. Bernie Bierman, born of pioneer parents on a farm near Springfield, Minn., on March 11, 1894. A 1919 graduate of Minnesota he had captained the 1915 Gophers who won the Big Ten championship. Bernie began his coaching career in prep ball at Billings, Montana, and then, following his first tour of duty with the Marines in World War 1, he took over a head coach at University of Montana in 1919. (1922-23) Bernie spent selling bonds in Minneapolis before coming back to his first love, an ass assistant coach to Clark Shaugnessy at Tulane in 1923. He spent 1925-26 as head coach as Mississippi A&M where he compiled an (8-8-1) record with a chronic loser, and then it was back to Tulane as successor to the departed Shaugnessy. From 1927-31 his Greenies were to product three All-Americans in end Jerry Dairymple, already in the Louisiana Hall of Fame, and backs Don Zimmerman and Willis Banker. During 1932-41 the Golden Gophers posted a (93-35-6) record during that time, won five national championships in (1934-35-36-40-14) and Six Big Tens Titles.


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