Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Andy Gustafson

Andy Gustafson

Details

  • Position: Coach
  • School: Virginia Tech, Miami (FL)
  • Years: 1926-1963
  • Inducted: 1985
  • Place of Birth: Aurora, IL
  • Date of Birth: Apr 03, 1903
  • Place of Death: Coral Gables, FL
  • Date of Death: Jan 07, 1979

Member Biography

Andy Gustafson, a native of Aurora, Illinois, was coached by legendary Hall of Fame coaches Glenn "Pop" Warner and Jock Sutherland at Pittsburgh, so it is easy to see that the seed for coaching prowess was planted in Gustafson's mind by wise and able cultivators of the game. As a halfback at Pitt, Gustafson scored the first touchdown ever in Pitt Stadium, against Washington & Lee. But as a coach, Gustafson was more than a "first-ever" man. During his illustrious career, Gustafson led teams from Virginia Tech (1926-1929) and the University of Miami, FL (1948-1963) to an overall record of 115-78-4. Between the years of 1930 and 1947, Gustafson served as an assistant coach at Pitt, Dartmouth and Army, aiding the famous Red Blaik at the latter two institutions. At Miami, Gustafson enjoyed his greatest coaching experiences, leading the Hurricanes to four bowl appearances, and shocking upsets over some of the nation's best teams, including Notre Dame, Purdue, Navy, Iowa, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Alabama, Texas Christian and Michigan State. Perhaps his greatest triumph in his entire career came in 1950, when his Hurricanes defeated Purdue one week after the Boilermakers surprised the nation by snapping Notre Dame's 37-game unbeaten streak. Gustafson died in 1979.