Oct 26, 2015, 4:21 PM EDT
In honor of the Monogram Club’s 100-year anniversary celebration we continue our look at each of the Club’s former presidents with our Past President Profile.
The Club’s second president was James Phelan (’17, football).
– Phelan was born December 5, 1892 in Sacramento, California and raised in Portland, Oregon.
– He played quarterback and guided the Fighting Irish to a 21-3-1 record in Jesse Harper’s last three years as head coach (1915-17).
– Phelan served a one-year term (1916) as Monogram Club president (up until the 1940s, the Monogram Club president typically was a current student-athlete who usually held the position for one year).
– He was a First Lieutenant in the US Army.
– Phelan had college head-coaching stints at Missouri, Purdue, Washington and Saint Mary’s (Calif.), where he also was the head basketball coach.
– He spent four seasons coaching professional football.
– Phelan served three terms as County Commissioner for Sacramento County in California where he became a personal friend of then-governor Ronald Reagan.
– He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973.
– Phelan passed away November 14, 1974 in Honolulu, Hawaii.