Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Paul "The Fox" Hoernemann

Paul "The Fox" Hoernemann


  • Position: Coach
  • School: Heidelberg
  • Years: 1946-1959
  • Inducted: 1997
  • Place of Birth: Lima, OH
  • Date of Birth: May 18, 1916
  • Place of Death: Strongsville, OH
  • Date of Death: Feb 28, 1965

Member Biography

Paul Hoernemann coached Heidelberg 14 years and lost only 18 games. He won 102 and tied 4. His winning percentage was .839. Hoernemann was a graduate of Heidelberg, class of 1938. He coached high school football at New Philadelphia, Ohio, with a 24-3-3 record. In 1946 he began his remarkable record at Heidelberg. His teams had a 16-game winning streak in 1947-49 and a 17-game streak in 1954-56. In a 6-year stretch, 1951-56, the record was 46-5-3. Heidelberg won the Ohio Conference in 1948, 1952, 1954, and 1956. The school would have had one more co-championship except for an unusual rule in the conference. Muskingum in 1955 had a conference record of 7-0. Heidelberg was 5-0. In most leagues they would be co-champions. But Muskingum was named champion and Heidelberg was runnerup, based on the number of conference games won. The Ohio Conference was formed in 1902 and is one of the nation's oldest. Heidelberg had its first team in 1892. The nickname for the teams: Student Princes. Hoernemann had two unbeaten teams and seven that lost just one game. After he left coaching, he served Heidelberg as vice-president for development and raised a fund to build the school's Science Hall. The Ohio Conference established the Hoernemann Trophy, given to the best defensive lineman. Hoernemann was born May 18, 1916 in Lima, Ohio, and died Feb. 28, 1965, in Strongsvile, Ohio.