George Bresnahan, USTFCCCA Special Inductee

George Bresnahan was the long-time University of Iowa head track & field coach who also served as President of the track coaches association from 1932-33.

Bresnahan competed as a collegian for the University of Wisconsin and ran on the Badgers’ 1912 Big Ten cross country championship squad. In 1921, he accepted the head track & field coaching position at Big Ten rival Iowa, where he remained until his retirement in 1948.

While at Iowa, Bresnahan coached fellow USTFCCCA Hall of Famer Francis X. Cretzmeyer, as well as nine Olympians, including Olympic Gold Medalists George Baird in the 4x400m relay, Ed Gordon in the long jump, and George Saling in the high hurdles. Bresnahan’s Hawkeye teams won two Big Ten indoor championships and three times finished as runners-up at the outdoor championships.

In 1932, Bresnahan was honored with a position as one of the U.S. Olympic Team’s assistant coaches. Bresnahan is also honored in the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame the Drake Relays Hall of Fame.

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