As you know, I am researching the history of early (1887-1917) Notre Dame Football.
During this period, Notre Dame was a much smaller university, containing an elementary school (“The Minims”) and a high school (“The Preps”) as part of the overall university.
The percentage of students who remained for four years was very small. The percentage who earned degrees was smaller still.
The percentage of ND Football Players who also assumed other leadership roles is quite impressive.
After seeing that current Wide Receiver Corey Robinson has just been elected Student Body President, I wanted to find some “Presidents” among the players in my research group.
Here is just a partial list:
John Berteling, 1906-1907 back-up QB, was Senior Class President
Dom Callicrate, 1905-1907 starter at End or Halfback, was Class President
Thomas Cavanagh, 1895-1896 starter at Guard, was Class President
Frank Coughlin, 1916 starting tackle, was Class President
Harry Hogan, 1901 sub end (omitted from the Media Guide) became President of the Alumni Association
Natt McDougall, 1900 sub halfback (omitted from the Media Guide) became President of the Notre Dame Club of Oregon
Lawrence McNerney, 1903-1905 starting end and halfback, was President of his Law Class
Daniel O’Connor, 1900 & 1902 sub guard, was Class Secretary and became President of the Notre Dame Club of Chicago and later President of the Alumni Association
Hugh O’Donnell, 1915 starting center, became a CSC Priest and President of Notre Dame
Dom O’Malley, 1900 & 1901 starting guard, became a CSC Priest and President of Sacred Heart University (a “branch” of Notre Dame, in Watertown, WI)
Dudley Pearson, 1917 sub halfback, became President of the Notre Dame club of Milwaukee
Mike Quinlan*,1892 starting fullback, became a CSC Priest and President of Columbia University (which became the University of Portland)
*Fr. Quinlan later co-wrote one of our first Athletic Media Guides. And, during WWI, he was the “draft registrar” at Notre Dame for a lot of our students.