The U.S. Track & Field College Coaches Association has named its 2011 inductees to the organization’s Hall of Fame and one of those set for enshrinement is Keene Fitzpatrick, who was a track coach and athletic trainer at Yale, Michigan and Princeton for more than 40 years.
Considered one of the pioneers of intercollegiate sport, Fitzpatrick was the trainer for Yale when Amos Alonzo Stagg was a player. He helped oversee Michigan’s famed “point-a-minute” football squad with Coach Fielding Yost. Perfectly pleased with life at Michigan, he was approached by Princeton to become the athletic trainer and track coach.
Deciding to price out the Tigers when asked what it would take to bring him to Old Nassau. Making about $3,000 a year in Ann Arbor, he told Princeton he’d be interested if they would pay $8,000. The Orange and Black agreed to the asking price and Fitzpatrick would serve the Tigers in the dual role from 1910 to 1932.
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