Milt Bruhn
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Sport(s)Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born(1912-07-28)July 28, 1912
St. Bonifacius, Minnesota
DiedMay 14, 1991(1991-05-14) (aged 78)
Madison, Wisconsin
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)



Amherst (line)
Minnesota (ends)
Colgate (line)
Franklin & Marshall (line)
Lafayette (line)
Wisconsin (line)

Franklin & Marshall

Franklin & Marshall
Head coaching record
Overall52–45–6 (football)
7–9 (basketball)
9–5 (baseball)
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
2 Big Ten (1959, 1962)

Milton "Milt" Caspar Bruhn (July 28, 1912 – May 14, 1991) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Wisconsin–Madison from 1956 to 1966, compiling a record of 52–45–6 (.534). Bruhn led the Wisconsin Badgers to two outright Big Ten Conference championships in 1959 and 1962. His teams had two straight seven-win seasons, in 1958 and 1959, and an 8–2 record in 1962, with the two losses coming at Ohio State, 14–7, and against #1 USC, 42–37, in the 1963 Rose Bowl. Wisconsin ended the 1962 season with a #2 ranking, which remain the highest AP Poll and UPI/Coaches' Poll season-ending rankings the history of the Wisconsin football program.

Playing career

Bruhn attended high school in Mound, Minnesota, where he played football and basketball. He enrolled at the University of Minnesota in 1932. Bruhn played left guard for the Gopher teams that went undefeated and won Big Ten Conference championships in 1934 and 1935. Bruhn also played catcher on the baseball team at Minnesota that won the Big Ten Conference championship in 1935. He captained the baseball team in his senior year.[1]

Coaching career

Following his graduation from Minnesota in 1936, Bruhn went to Amherst College as football line coach and freshman coach in basketball and baseball. He remained there until 1943 when he returned to his alma mater, Minnesota, as ends coach. He joined the Colgate University football staff as line coach in 1944, then moved on to Franklin & Marshall College as line coach, in addition to being head baseball and basketball coach. He went to Lafayette College in 1947 as line coach under Ivy Williamson and then served as line coach on Williamson's staff at Wisconsin from 1949 to 1955. He succeeded Williamson as head football coach, when the latter moved to the position of athletic director following the death of Guy Sundt. After his tenure as head football coach at Wisconsin, Bruhn remained at Wisconsin as assistant athletic director from 1967 to 1969.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Conference) (1956–1966)
1956 Wisconsin 1–5–3 0–4–3 9th
1957 Wisconsin 6–3 4–3 T–4th 14 19
1958 Wisconsin 7–1–1 5–1–1 2nd 6 7
1959 Wisconsin 7–3 5–2 1st L Rose 6 6
1960 Wisconsin 4–5 2–5 9th
1961 Wisconsin 6–3 4–3 5th 18
1962 Wisconsin 8–2 6–1 1st L Rose 2 2
1963 Wisconsin 5–4 3–4 T–5th
1964 Wisconsin 3–6 2–5 T–7th
1965 Wisconsin 2–7–1 2–5 T–7th
1966 Wisconsin 3–6–1 2–4–1 T–7th
Wisconsin: 52–45–6 35–37–5
Total: 52–45–6
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


  1. "Wisconsin football facts 1966". University of Wisconsin Digital Collections. p. 8. Retrieved July 13, 2010.

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