Hall of Fame Retrospective: Edward N. Anderson

As a member of Knute Rockne’s first team at Notre Dame in 1918, Edward Anderson would bring the lessons learned from the college football great to Dubuque as the head coach of Columbia College (now Loras College). In 1922 he would begin a coaching career that would put him in the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.

During his first season at Columbia, Anderson quickly established his coaching prowess as the team finished undefeated. He coached for three years and finished with a record of 16-6-2 before moving on to lead the DePaul University football team for nine years.

Anderson would continue to amass more than 200 victories in college football, including stops at Holy Cross and the University of Iowa, with a four-year break to serve in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. His final coaching record is 201-128-15 over 39 years.

The College Football Hall of Fame recognized Anderson’s contributions to the game when it inducted him as part of the Class of 1971.

Whlie at Columbia, Anderson would also coach basketball for two seasons, finishing with a 14-19 record.

Anderson would enter the Loras Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of its inaugural class in 1983.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).