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Tom Lieb
Title Head Coach
Assistant Coach
College B.A., Notre Dame, 1923
Sport Football
Ice Hockey
Track & Field
Born October 28, 1899(1899-10-28)
Place of birth Faribault, Minnesota
Died April 30, 1962 (aged 62)
Place of death Los Angeles, California
Career highlights
Overall Football: 67–59–5 (.531)
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Playing career
1919–1922 Notre Dame
Position Lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Notre Dame (Asst)
Wisconsin (Asst/Line)
Notre Dame (Asst)
Loyola Los Angeles (HC)
University of Florida (HC)
Alabama (Asst/Line)
Olympic medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Bronze 1924 Paris Discus throw

Thomas "Tom" John Lieb (October 28, 1899 – April 30, 1962) was an American Olympic athlete, All-American college football player and a multi-sport collegiate coach.

Tom Lieb was born in Faribault, Minnesota in 1899. In high school, Lieb excelled at football, hockey, baseball and track and field. He attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, where he lettered in all four sports and twice received All-American honors. While doing his graduate studies at the university, he coached the Notre Dame hockey team, and also coached the linemen for the Fighting Irish football team under head coach Knute Rockne.

At the 1924 Summer Olympics held in Paris, France, Lieb competed for the United States in the discus throw and won the bronze medal.[1] Lieb's Notre Dame football teammate, Eugene Oberst, also made the 1924 U.S. Olympic team, and won the bronze medal in the javelin throw.

Following his graduation, Lieb accepted an offer to coach the linemen for the Wisconsin Badgers.[2] In 1929, Lieb returned to Notre Dame as the assistant football coach,[2] and was instrumental in guiding the Irish to a national championship as Knute Rockne spent most of the season recovering from complications due to thrombophlebitis. Lieb's coaching success was recognized when he was offered the head coaching position at Loyola Los Angeles, where he remained from 1930 to 1938, posting an overall record of 47–33–4.[3] Lieb also worked as Loyola's ice hockey coach during the football off-season.[4] Lieb decided to quit his coaching job at Loyola during his wife's illness in 1939, and then leave California after she died.[2]

In 1940, Lieb succeeded Josh Cody as the head football coach at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida,[2] but he was unable to duplicate the same level of success that he had at Notre Dame and Loyola. In his five seasons coaching the Florida Gators football team, Lieb compiled a 20–26–1 record,[3] and his contract was not renewed after the 1945 season. Thereafter, Lieb worked as the assistant Crimson Tide football coach and head track & field coach at the University of Alabama.[5]

When Lieb retired in 1951, he returned to Los Angeles, where he became a public speaker. He died of an apparent heart attack in 1962 at age 62.[6] He was elected to the Loyola Marymount Hall of Fame posthumously in 1987.[7][8]


Record as head football coach

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Loyola Los Angeles Lions () (1930–1938)
1930 Loyola 2–3–1
1931 Loyola 7–2–1
1932 Loyola 4–4
1933 Loyola 7–2–1
1934 Loyola 7–2–1
1935 Loyola 6–5
1936 Loyola 6–3
1937 Loyola 4–7
1938 Loyola 4–5
Loyola: 47–33–4
Florida Gators (Southeastern Conference) (1940–1946)
1940 Florida 5–5 2–3 8th
1941 Florida 4–6 1–3 10th
1942 Florida 3–7 1–3 9th
1943 Florida World War II—no team.
1944 Florida 4–3 0–3 10th
1945 Florida 4–5–1 1–3–1 10th-Tie
Florida: 20–26–1 5–15–1[9]
Total: 67–59–5[3]
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.

See also


  1. ^ Sports Reference, Olympic Sports, Tom Lieb. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d Associated Press, "Lieb Named Florida Grid Mentor: Former Irish Coach Signs For 3 Years," St. Petersburg Times, p. 1 (April 1, 1940). Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c College Football Data Warehouse, All-Time Coaching Records, Thomas J. "Tom" Lieb Records by Year. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  4. ^ Chris Warner, "Hockey Goes Hollywood:L.A.'s hottest ice show in the 1930s was USC vs. Loyola," Sports Illustrated (November 9, 1987). Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  5. ^ Associated Press, "Tom Lieb Takes Job At Alabama," St. Petereburg Times, p. 13 (May 8, 1946). Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  6. ^ United Press International, "Thomas J. Lieb Dead; Ex-Football Coach, 62," The New York Times, p. 38 (May 1, 1962). Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  7. ^, Traditions, Loyola Marymount Athletics Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  8. ^ Alan Drooz, "Loyola Recalls Glory Days, Stars of Yore: University to Put Players, Coaches, Administrators Into Hall of Fame," Los Angeles Times (March 26, 1987). Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  9. ^ Southeastern Conference, All-Time Football Standings 1940–1949. Retrieved March 16, 2010.


  • Dukesherer, D.J., The Curious Case of Coach Tom Lieb: In the Shadow of Knute Rockne, CreateSpace (2009). ISBN 1450504728.
  • Dukesherer, D.J., Fighting Lions: A Tale of Two Tom's; Tom Wilson/Coach Tom Lieb & the Loyola University Football Team, CreateSpace (2010). ISBN 1450553095.
  • Pleasants, Julian M., Gator Tales: An Oral History of the University of Florida, University of Florida, Gainesvile, Florida (2006). ISBN 0-8130-3054-4.
  • Proctor, Samuel, & Wright Langley, Gator History: A Pictorial History of the University of Florida, South Star Publishing Company, Gainesville, Florida (1986). ISBN 0-938637-00-2.
  • Van Ness, Carl, & Kevin McCarthy, Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future: The University of Florida, 1853–2003, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (2003).
Preceded by
United States James Duncan
Men's Discus World Record Holder
September 14, 1924 – May 2, 1925
Succeeded by
United States Glenn Hartranft
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Josh Cody
University of Florida Head Football Coach
1939 – 1945
Succeeded by
Raymond Wolf


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