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Fred Norcross
Fred Norcross cropped from 1903 Michigan Wolverines team photograph
Fred Norcross cropped from 1903 Michigan Wolverines team photograph
Title Head Coach
College Oregon State
Sport Football
Born July 14, 1884
Place of birth Menominee, Michigan
Died April 4, 1965
Career highlights
Overall 14–4–3
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Championships
Western United States championship
Playing career
1903–1905 Michigan
Position Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1906–1908 Oregon State

Fred Stevenson "Norky" Norcross, Jr. (July 14, 1884 – April 4, 1965)[1] was an American college football player and coach. He played for the University of Michigan and coached at Oregon State University, then known as Oregon Agricultural College.

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Playing career

A native of Menominee in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.[2] Norcross played football at Michigan from 1903–1905. While at Michigan, Norcross played quarterback for the legendary Fielding Yost. In his three seasons as a player, the Wolverines were 26–2 and national champions in 1903 and 1904. Norcross was named the team captain in 1905.[3]

Collegiate coaching

At the conclusion of his playing career, Norcross came to Corvallis, Oregon to become the head football coach at Oregon State. Oregon State had begun their search for a coach in April, and settled late in the summer on Norcross, their third choice. This decision however turned out very well for the school. In his three seasons as the head coach from 1906 to 1909, Norcross posted an overall record of 14–4–3. In his first 72 quarters as coach, his team only gave up 4 points, a field goal in the final game of the 1906 season.[4][5]

The 1907 season was by far his best and possibly the school's best ever. In the 1907 season, the team went 6–0, scored 137 points, and gave up 0 points. The team won the unofficial championship of the Western United States after beating St. Vincent's College 10–0 in Los Angeles, California. This "perfect" season has never, and most likely will never be repeated.[4][6]

In 1939, Norcross was working as a mining superintendent in Cristo, Oriente, Cuba.[7]

Norcross was inducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 1972.[2]

Personal life

Son of Fred Stevenson and Addie Maria (Knowles) Norcross, Sr., Norcross was married to Elizabeth Evans Jackman on November 6, 1923 in Menominee, Michigan. She was the former Mrs. Frank Croskill Lloyd and so daughter-in-law of Menominee manufacturer and inventor Marshall Burns Lloyd.

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References

  1. ^ "Social Security Death Index Search Results". http://ssdi.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi?lastname=Norcross&firstname=Fred. Retrieved 2007-12-19.  
  2. ^ a b "11 Named to U.P. Sports Hall of Fame". Ironwood Daily Globe. 1972-02-08.  
  3. ^ "1905 Michigan football team". http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1905fbt.htm. Retrieved 2008-01-09.  
  4. ^ a b "The Wall ". http://www.osualum.com/s/359/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=1&pgid=422. Retrieved 2008-01-09.  
  5. ^ "Oregon State Football Media Guide". http://www.osubeavers.com/pdf3/79999.pdf?ATCLID=153842&SPID=1952&DB_OEM_ID=4700&SPSID=27968. Retrieved 2008-01-09.  
  6. ^ Welsch, Jeff. Tales from Oregon State Sports. Sports Publishing. pp. 16–20. http://books.google.com/books?id=-VvQ8F8s_20C. Retrieved 2008-01-09.  
  7. ^ "AROUND THE PENINSULA". Ironwood Daily Globe. 1939-10-30.  
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