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Gerry Faust

His coaching career started in 1958 in his hometown at Dayton Chaminade and ended in 1994 at The University of Akron. In 1960 he was hired to start a football program at a new high school, Cincinnati Moeller, which made its debut in 1963 by winning nine of ten games. Faust made that sort of success commonplace over the 18 seasons he spent at Moeller. The Crusaders claimed the Cincinnati city championship in 10 of Faust’s last 12 seasons and the regional crown in eight of his last 10 years. Five of his last six teams captured the Ohio Class AAA state championship in playoff competition. Four of Moeller’s state championships were won in the Rubber Bowl, including Faust’s last team that went 13-0 in 1980. In half of those years, Faust’s teams finished the regular season undefeated and the Crusaders were awarded the mythical national championships following their unbeaten seasons in 1976, ’77, ’79 and ’80. His record at Moeller was a phenomenal 174-17-2 for a .907 winning percentage. In 1981, Faust made the unbelievable jump to one of the top college coaching jobs in the nation when he became the head football coach at Notre Dame. He coached the Irish to a 30-26-1 record over five seasons before moving to Akron and closing out his 32-year head coaching career.

Inducted 2006 | Coach