Ike Armstrong

Ike Armstrong ( born June 8, 1895 in Fort Madison, Iowa, † September 4, 1983 in Corona del Mar, California ) was from 1925 to 1949 head coach of the American football team of the University of Utah. He won 13 Conference Championship title with the team and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1957.


Ike Armstrong was born in 1895 in Fort Madison and graduated in 1923 to study at Drake University in Des Moines from where he also played fullback for their college football team from 1920 to 1922. After finishing his studies, he first worked as a coach at the College before moving in 1925 to the University of Utah to take over the position of head coach of the Utah Utes.

In this role, in which he was active until 1949, he led the team in 25 seasons to a total of 13 championships in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference or the Mountain States Conference. The crew arrive during this time five seasons without defeat and 1938 Sun Bowl, the first victory in a Bowl game of the season. The overall balance of Ike Armstrong included 141 wins, 55 defeats and 15 draws.

After his time as coach of the Utah Utes, he served from 1950 to 1963 as Director of Sport at the University of Minnesota. In 1957 he was admitted so far the only coaches or players in the history of the University of Utah in the College Football Hall of Fame. He died in 1983 in Corona del Mar as a result of pneumonia.