Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Fielding "Hurry Up" Yost

Fielding "Hurry Up" Yost

Details

  • Position: Coach
  • School: Ohio Wesleyan, Nebraska, Kansas, Stanford, Michigan
  • Years: 1897-1926
  • Inducted: 1951
  • Place of Birth: Fairview, WV
  • Date of Birth: Apr 30, 1871
  • Place of Death: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Date of Death: Aug 20, 1946

Member Biography

Fielding Yost assembled the most devastating teams in the history of football, the famed "Point-A-Minute" teams at the University of Michigan in the early 1900s. "Hurry Up" Yost was a deadly earnest individual with a purity of spirit which belied his high wit and unwillingness to accept defeat. But, his teams rarely lost, so it was not an all-too-common problem. In 25 years at the Wolverine helm, Yost compiled a 165-29- 10 record. Yost began his coaching career at Ohio Wesleyan in 1897, served one-season terms at Nebraska, Kansas, and Stanford. He took the Michigan reins in 1901, and promptly launched an incredible success story, bound in a Maize and Blue cover. In his first season at Ann Arbor, the Wolverines finished 11-0-0 and defeated Stanford, 49-0, in the inaugural Rose Bowl game. Not a single opponent scored upon Michigan that season. His teams - offensively brilliant, defensively unmatched - continued to dominate the game for the next 4 years. Michigan won 44 games, lost only to Chicago, 2-0, in 1905, and tied Minnesota, 6-6, in 1903. Through those five years (1901-1905), Michigan was 55-1-1, outscoring the opposition, 2821-42.