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Frank E. Hering
as team captain/coach in 1896
as team captain/coach in 1896
Title Head coach
College Notre Dame
Sport Football
Career highlights
Overall 12-6-1
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1896-1898 Notre Dame

Frank Earl Hering (April 30, 1874—July 11, 1943) was a former head coach of the Notre Dame college football program from 1896-1898.

Hering was born in Sunbury, Pennsylvania and began playing quarterback for the Chicago Maroons in 1893-94. His first head coaching job was with the Bucknell Bisons 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]

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.

Football Head Coaching Record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
1896 Notre Dame 4-3-0
1897 Notre Dame 4-1-1
1898 Notre Dame 4-2-0
Total: 12-6-1
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


  1. ^ "Annie's "Mother's Day" History Page". Retrieved 2008-06-26.  
  2. ^ "Fraternal Order of Eagles: The History of Mother's Day". Retrieved 2008-01-26.  
Preceded by
Bill Walsh
Notre Dame starting quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Fred Waters


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