Frank E. Hering
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Hering as Notre Dames's coach and captain in 1896
Sport(s)Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born(1874-04-30)April 30, 1874
DiedJuly 11, 1943(1943-07-11) (aged 69)
Playing career
Head coaching record
Overall12–6–1 (football)
1–2 (basketball)
17–7 (baseball)

Frank Earl Hering (April 30, 1874 – July 11, 1943) was an American football player and coach of football, basketball, and baseball. He served as the head football coach at the University of Notre Dame from 1896 to 1898, compiling a record of 12–6–1. Hering was also the first basketball coach at Notre Dame, coaching one season in 1897–1898, and helmed the school's baseball team for three seasons from 1897 to 1899.

Hering was born in Sunbury, Pennsylvania and played quarterback for the Chicago Maroons in 1893 and 1894. His first head coaching job was with the Bucknell Bison in 1895. The next year, he arrived at Notre Dame to play quarterback for the football team; but by 1898 he had taken on the additional responsibility of directing the entire athletic department, including coaching the football and baseball teams, and introducing basketball to the university. He earned the title of "Father of Notre Dame Football" for his success in expanding the football program from an intramural activity to a full-fledged intercollegiate sport. Hering officially dedicated the new Notre Dame Stadium in 1930.

Hering is also recognized by the Fraternal Order of Eagles as the "Father of Mother's Day" for his work in promoting the establishment of a national holiday, having given public speeches supporting the idea as early as 1904.[1][2] Hering was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.[3]

While a member of the Notre Dame faculty in his later years, Hering was known for his outreach programs in South Bend, Indiana, including the establishment of "Hering House"—a civic center for the African-American community.

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Notre Dame (Independent) (1896–1898)
1896 Notre Dame 4–3
1897 Notre Dame 4–1–1
1898 Notre Dame 4–2
Notre Dame: 12–6–1
Total: 12–6–1
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


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