Inductees >> Clarence Lester Munn

Clarence Lester Munn


Inducted: 1959

DOB: 9/11/1908

Birthplace: Grow Township, MN

Clarence Lester Munn


Clarence "Biggie" Munn was captain of the Minnesota Gophers in 1931, and later, one of Michigan State's most celebrated coaches. At Minnesota, Munn was an All-America who played both guard and fullback. He weighed 215 pounds and stood just under 6-feet tall. He appeared to be anything but a sprinter, yet he could run the 100 yard dash in 10.0 seconds. Munn was a punishing lineman with the breakaway burst of a dash champion. He was also a leading punter and a tough runner, piling up incredible yardage during his career in a Gopher uniform. After graduation, Munn entered the coaching profession and over a period of 22 years, his tours of duty included stops at Albright, Syracuse and Michigan State. As head coach at MSU from 1947 to 1953, Munn led the Spartans to an impressive 54-9-2 record. His 1951 and 1952 Green and White teams were unbeaten and earned him the highest accolades, including the American Football Coaches Association's Coach of the Year honors in 1952. That season the Spartans were national champions. A year later, Munn ended his coaching career in order to become MSU's Athletic Director.


Michigan State University








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