Frank Cavanaugh (American football)

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Frank Cavanaugh
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Biographical details
Born(1876-04-28)April 28, 1876
Worcester, Massachusetts
DiedAugust 29, 1933(1933-08-29) (aged 57)
Marshfield, Massachusetts
Playing career
1896–1897 Dartmouth
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1898 Cincinnati
1898–1902Denver Athletic Club
1903–1905 Holy Cross
1909–1910 Worcester Academy (MA)
1911–1916 Dartmouth
1919–1926 Boston College
1927–1932 Fordham
Head coaching record
Overall145–48–17 (college)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1954 (profile)

Frank W. "The Iron Major" Cavanaugh (April 28, 1876 – August 29, 1933) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Cincinnati (1898), the College of the Holy Cross (1903–1905), Dartmouth College (1911–1916), the University of Nebraska Omaha (1919), [1] Boston College (1919–1926) and Fordham University (1927–1932), compiling a career college football record of 148–50–18. Cavanaugh was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and played football as an end at Dartmouth from 1896 to 1897. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1954.


At the time of his death, Cavanaugh was broke and blind. He warned fellow coach and former player Joe McKenney "Get out of coaching while you can. The end of every coaching career is disaster." [2]

He was played by Pat O'Brien in the 1943 RKO film The Iron Major .

Head coaching record


Cincinnati (Independent)(1898)
1898 Cincinnati 5–1–3
Holy Cross (Independent)(1903–1905)
1903 Holy Cross 8–2
1904 Holy Cross 2–5–2
1905 Holy Cross 6–3
Holy Cross:16–10–2
Dartmouth (Independent)(1911–1916)
1911 Dartmouth 8–2
1912 Dartmouth 7–2
1913 Dartmouth 7–1
1914 Dartmouth 8–1
1915 Dartmouth 7–1–1
1916 Dartmouth 5–2–2


Boston College Eagles (Independent)(1919–1926)
1919 Boston College 5–3
1920 Boston College 8–0
1921 Boston College 4–3–1
1922 Boston College 6–2–1
1923 Boston College 7–1–1
1924 Boston College 6–3
1925 Boston College 6–2
1926 Boston College 6–0–2
Boston College:48–14–5
Fordham Rams (Independent)(1927–1932)
1927 Fordham 3–5
1928 Fordham 4–5
1929 Fordham 7–0–2
1930 Fordham 8–1
1931 Fordham 6–1–2
1932 Fordham 6–2

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