Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Charlie Bachman

Charlie Bachman


  • Position: Coach
  • School: Northwestern, Kansas State, Florida, Michigan State, Hillsdale
  • Years: 1919-1953
  • Inducted: 1978
  • Place of Birth: Chicago, IL
  • Date of Birth: Dec 01, 1892
  • Place of Death: Port Charlotte, FL
  • Date of Death: Dec 14, 1985

Member Biography

Charlie Bachman played at Notre Dame 1914-16, two years as starting guard and one year as fullback. Notre Dame had a 21-4 record in his time. In 1918 he was the center for the team at Great Lakes Naval Station. This team had a 7-0-2 record, beat Navy, Illinois, and Purdue, tied Notre Dame, and whipped Mare Island Marine Base in the Rose Bowl. His Great Lakes teammates included Paddy Driscoll, Jimmie Conzelman, and George Halas. In 1919 at age 26 Bachman began his coaching career, taking Northwestern to a 2-5 season. He moved to Kansas State and his record 1920-27 was 33-23-9. In 1928 he led Florida to an 8-1 total, the best in school history up to that time. He was at Florida five years with a 27-18-3 mark. Then came his years at Michigan State, 1933-42 and 1944-46. Michigan State had not beaten Michigan for 18 years (1916-33), but under Bachman, Michigan State beat Michigan 4 straight times (1934-37). Bachman's record at Michigan State was 70-34-10. He announced his retirement after the 1946 season but came back seven years later and had a 5-2-2 year at Hillsdale College. This made his career record 137-82-24 covering 28 years. Bachman was born December 1, 1892, in Chicago; he died December 14, 1985.