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Oregon Hall of Fame Coaching Staff
Hugo Bezdek
Hall of Fame Inductee
Coach Info:
Position: Hall of Fame Inductee
Other Position: 2002 Inductee, Football Coach (1906, 1913-17)

The only coach to ever lead three different teams to the Rose Bowl (Oregon, Mare Island Marines and Penn State), he guided the Ducks to their only Rose Bowl win (14-0 over Pennsylvania) following the 1916 season. Accumulating a 30-10-4 record in six seasons at Oregon, he owned the school’s best winning percentage of all time (.727) until recently surpassed by current head coach Mike Bellotti. Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1884, he was a fullback at the University of Chicago under Amos Alonzo Stagg before beginning his first Oregon coaching stint in 1906, returning to Chicago to begin medical school one year later. He was lured back into coaching in 1908 at the University of Arkansas, accumulating a 29-13-1 ledger in five seasons before returning to Eugene in 1913. While also working as a major league baseball scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was elevated to manager of the National League club in 1917, staying there until 1919 and combining for a 166-187 record in three seasons while managing the likes of Honus Wagner and Casey Stengel.  He remained on the East Coast following the 1917 football season, serving as athletics director and football coach at Penn State (1918-29) while sporting a 65-30-11 mark. Completing his collegiate coaching tenure with a 124-53-16 record (.684), he remained as the Nittany Lions’ AD until 1937 when he became the coach the NFL’s Cleveland Rams for less than two seasons.  He died on Sept. 19, 1952.