UND Staff

Elmer Layden

Football Head Coach 1934-1940


Best remembered as an All-American fullback and one of the Four Horsemen
during his playing days at Notre Dame, Layden played one year of professional
football after graduating in 1924. In 1925 he became head football coach
at Columbia College in Dubuque, Iowa, finishing 8-5-2 in two seasons. He
held the same post at Duquesne in Pittsburgh from 1927 1933 and put together
a 48-16-6 mark. Layden coached at his alma mater for seven years and compiled
a 47-13-3 record after taking over as both coach and athletic director
in 1933 following the resignations of coach Hunk Anderson and athletic
director Jesse Harper. In 1940 he resigned his Notre Dame post and a year
later became commissioner of the National Football League. He resigned
from that position in 1946 to start a business career in Chicago.