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Thomas Francis Fennell
Sport Football
Born 1875
Place of birth Jersey City, NJ
Died Nov 4, 1936
Place of death New York, NY
Career highlights
Overall 42-18-2
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Playing career
1894-1896 Cornell
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Penn State

Thomas Francis Fennell (1875 – November 4, 1936) was the head football coach at Penn State from 1904 to 1908. During his tenure, he compiled a 33-17-1(.657) record. His best season came in 1906 when his team went 8-1-1. He had previously played football at Cornell University, where he is a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame.


Hall Of Fame

1895 Cornell varsity crew (Henley) on the Thames River. Fennell is 5th form the left

Fennell was inducted into Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame. Fennell was described as a "star" in three different sports while at Cornell: Football, Men's Crew, and Men's Track as well as being Heavyweight Champion in boxing. The Cornell Hall of Fame states that Fennell

rowed on the 1895 crew that participated in England’s Henley Regatta. He was the center on the 1895 football team quarterbacked by Cornell’s first All-American, Clint Wyckoff. Fennell was Penn State’s first full-time head football coach and served in that capacity from 1904-08, compiling a five-year record of 33-17-1, with his [19]06 team going 8-1-1. He gave up coaching to devote time to his law practice in Elmira, N.Y., and later served as a judge of the New York State Court of Claims, and as first deputy Attorney-General of New York.[1]

Fennell's Nephew, Thomas Francis Fennell II, Class of 1926, is also a Cornell Athletic Hall of Famer.

Fennell's law career included running for New York State Treasurer in the 1910 New York state election on the Republican ticket with Henry Lewis Stimson, but was defeated, garnering 45% of the popular vote, but losing to the Democratic candidate (who received 46% of the vote).

Coaching record

Year Team Overall
Cincinnati Bearcats (1897)
1897 Cincinnati 9-1-1
Cincinnati: 9-1-1
Penn State Nittany Lions (1904–1908)
1904 Penn State 6-4-0
1905 Penn State 8-3-0
1906 Penn State 8-1-1
1907 Penn State 6-4-0
1908 Penn State 5-5-0
Penn State: 33-17-1
Total: 42-18-2

See also


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Daniel A. Reed
Penn State Nittany Lions Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Bill Hollenback


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