University of Notre Dame - Dome Yearbook (Notre Dame, IN)

 - Class of 1951

Page 187 of 350

 

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Bernie Crimmins Assistant Coaches iVoTRE DAME ' S assistant coaches - - Bernie Crimmins, John Druze, Bill Earley, Joe McArdle, Boh McBricle and Wally Ziemha - - are the unheralded members of the Irish foothall machine. But anyone who understands the inner workings of a big time football team can recognize the importance of these men and can appreciate their abilities. Head Coach Frank Leahy has called them " the best in the nation. " And Notre Dame ' s opponents of the past several years can attest to their effectiveness as teachers of football fundamentals. Bernie Crimmins played football for Notre Dame from 1939 to 1941. A topnotch fullback during his first two years, he was switched to guard by Coach Leahy and there won All- American honors. His success at this new position was a tribute to Leahy ' s coaching and to his own versatility. Crimmins served in the Pacific as a PT boat commander and was dis- charged in 1945, after winning the Silver Star. He returned to Notre Dame in 1946 and began training the backs that were to help give the Irish four consecutive undefeated seasons. In addition to his weekday coaching chores he is also the press box spotter when game time rolls around. John Druze, ever since his playing days at Fordham, has been a close associate of Frank Leahy. In 1938, he captained the renowned " Seven Blocks of Granite " that Leahy moulded for Head Coach Jim Crowley. Following graduation, and a year of pro ball, he joined Leahy ' s coaching staff at Boston College. After service in the Navy, Druze came to Notre Dame as end coach. Since then he has been training outstanding wingmen for his old coach and friend, Frank Leahy. ^^^^^^^^ ; John Druze Joe McArdle Bob McBride Bill Earley Bill Earley was an outstanding back on the 1940, ' 41 and ' 42 Irish football squads. He served as an Air Force bombardier in Italy until 1945. After his discharge from the service, Earley returned to Notre Dame as coach of the " B " squad. In 1947 he assumed his duties as coach of the varsity backfield. Since then Bill Earley has helped develop some of the finest backfield combinations in football. Joe McArdle was another Leahy- coached Fordham star. He sold in- surance for a short time after gradu- ation, but when Leahy took over at Boston College McArdle joined him as line coach. And when " the Master " became Notre Dame ' s head coach in 1941, McArdle came with him. But, a few mnoths later he joined the Navy. In 1946 McArdle was discharged a lieutenant commander and returned to Notre Dame as guard coach. Since then he has produced some of the most rugged guards in the business. Tackle Coach Bob McBride was a monogram winning guard in 1941, ' 42 and ' 46. During the war years he served in France with the 106th In- fantry division, spending some time in a German POW camp. Returning to civilian life, he coached football at Chicago ' s Mt. Carmel high school for two years before coming to Notre Dame as an assistant coach. On the practice field McBride is known as a rugged and capable instructor who likes to " mix it with the boys. " Another former Notre Dame star who returned to his Alma Mater as a coach is big Walter Ziemba. A letter winning lineman from 1940 through 1942, he was an Ail-American center in his senior year. Ziemba has been coaching Notre Dame centers since 1943. Illness unfortunately deprived the Irish of his services this fall. Dur- ing his absence Bob Lally has been helping with the line coaching. Leahy trained, they all bear the Leahy stamp: Christian gentlemen who take pride in a job well done. Wally Ziemba

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