- Position: Coach
- School: Utah
- Years: 1925-1949
- Inducted: 1957
- Place of Birth: Fort Madison, IA
- Date of Birth: Jun 08, 1895
- Place of Death: Flagship, CT
- Date of Death: Sep 14, 1983
Member BiographyIke Armstrong couldn't wait to associate himself with the game
of football. He made his Seymour High School team while still
an eighth-grade student in Seymour, Iowa, and began a
gridiron romance that could reach only one end -greatness.
Armstrong lettered as a fullback at Drake during the early
1920s, and his pile-driving style of ball-carrying played an
important role in the Bulldogs' perfect seven-game record of
1922. After graduation, he stayed on at the Des Moines
campus to coach the freshman team. Then, in 1925, the
University of Utah offered Armstrong the head coaching
position, and that action marked the start of a 25-year
association in which his teams rolled to a 140-55-15 record.
He produced five undefeated teams for the Utes, and had five
other squads finish with only one regular-season loss apiece.
Utah won 12 conference championships under Armstrong.
In 1938, Armstrong's Utah club earned its first-ever bowl
invitation and captured a 26-0 decision over New Mexico in
the Sun Bowl. Armstrong's 1939 Utes led the nation in
scoring with 259 points in nine games. However, Armstrong
was more than just a football coach. After his Utah days, he
was director of athletics at Minnesota 1950-63. Armstrong
also coached Utah's basketball team for four years and the
track squad for 20 years.