Edwin Elbel

Edwin Elbel
Sport(s) College football
Current position
Team Ottawa University
Biographical details
Born November 24, 1895
Died July 5, 1983
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1923-1927 Ottawa
Head coaching record
Overall 14-21-7 (0.333)

Edwin R. Elbel (November 24, 1895–July 5, 1983) was the tenth head college football coach for the Ottawa University Braves located in Ottawa, Kansas and he held that position for five seasons, from 1923 until 1927. His career coaching record at Ottawa was 14 wins, 21 losses, and 7 ties. This ranks him 12th at Ottawa in total wins and 20th at Ottawa in winning percentage (0.333).[1]

Elbel received a bachelor's degree from Springfield College in 1920 and a second bachelor's from Ottawa in 1925. He later returned to Springfield College and was awarded a master's degree in 1928. The University of Iowa awarded him a Doctor of Philosophy in 1938. In 1928, Elbel joined the faculty at the University of Kansas in the Department of Phyical Education and reached full Professor status in 1946. He retired in 1966 and died in 1983.[2]

While at the University of Kansas, he kept meticulous records on the height and weight of college students, as well as completing a study of response time before and after exercise.[3]


External links

  • Ottawa University athletics website
  • Personal Papers University of Kansas Library

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