Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Ernie Godfrey

Ernie Godfrey


  • Position: Coach
  • School: Wittenberg
  • Years: 1916-1928
  • Inducted: 1972
  • Place of Birth: Dover, OH
  • Date of Birth: Apr 19, 1892
  • Place of Death: Columbus, OH
  • Date of Death: Jun 12, 1980

Member Biography

Ernie Godfrey played end and center on the Ohio State football teams of 1912-13-14. He launched his coaching career in 1915 at Wooster (OH) High School. Godfrey coached Wittenberg College 1916 and 1919-28 (he was in the Army 1917-18). His record at Wittenberg was 63-24-8. His teams went undefeated in 1919 and 1920 and went 7-1 in 1923 and 1924. He also coached Wittenberg basketball with a 95-65 record. Godfrey moved to Ohio State and was on the football staff 33 years, 1929-61. He was line coach 19 years, defensive backfield coach 4 years, freshman coach 10 years. As line coach he had 13 All-America players. He lectured at clinics on line play and placekicking. Godfrey served at Ohio State under seven head coaches - Sam Williaman, Francis Schmidt, Paul Brown, Paul Bixler, Carroll Widdoes, Wes Fesler and Woody Hayes. Godfrey was born April 19, 1892 at Dover, Ohio; he died June 12, 1980.