Dr. Edward N.


Dr. Edward N.AndersonZoom
Head Coach


Year of Induction: 1970

Cateogry: Honorary (Football)

One of the greatest college football coaches of all time, Dr. Eddie Anderson was just the second man to become an honorary member of the Hall of Fame, following legendary track coach Bart Sullivan. A four-year starter as a collegian at Notre Dame where he played under the immortal Knute Rockne, Anderson captained the Fighting Irish as a senior. During his four years at Notre Dame, the Irish lost just once, ironically to Iowa where he later coached.

Anderson was a head coach for 39 years, 21 of them at Holy Cross, and was just the fourth coach in college football history to record 200 victories. His career head coaching mark was 201-128-15. He began his coaching career upon his graduation from medical school in 1933, coaching the Crusaders from 1933-1938. During his first stint in Worcester, the Crusaders posted a 47-7-4 record, with undefeated seasons in 1935 and 1937. 

A native of Iowa, Anderson took the head coaching reigns at Iowa from 1939-1949, before returning to Holy Cross to post an 82-60-4 mark over 15 seasons from 1950-1964. Overall, he was 129-67-8 at Holy Cross, with three of his teams (1937, 1938, 1951) earning top 20 rankings.

During his coaching days, Anderson practiced medicine on a part-time basis, taking up the profession full time after retiring from Holy Cross in 1964. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971. He passed away in 1974.

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