Harry Fouke
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Current position
TitleAthletic director
ConferenceLone Star (1946-48)
Gulf Coast (1949-50)
Missouri Valley (1951-59)
Southwest (1971-79)
Biographical details
BornTexarkana, Texas
Playing career
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
Accomplishments and honors
Corbett Award (1979)

Harry Haydon Fouke (November 29, 1913 – November 5, 1992) was the first athletic director at the University of Houston, and served in the position from 1945-1979.[1] Fouke attended Main Avenue High School, and graduated from Rice University in 1934, where he played varsity football.[2] Fouke served as head football coach for San Antonio Technical High School and Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio throughout the rest of the 1930s and early 1940s. He later became the director of athletics for the San Antonio Public Schools System, the Houston Independent School District, and ultimately the University of Houston.

At Houston, Fouke oversaw the introduction of the football program, baseball program, men's basketball program, and the women's basketball program among others.

During Fouke's last year at Houston, he was awarded the Corbett Award by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Fouke was also a former president of the organization from 1974-1975. From 1962 until 1999, Fouke was the namesake of the Fouke Athletic Building on the campus of the University of Houston. It was demolished for the placement of the Athletics/Alumni Building.


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