Nov 18, 2015, 5:07 PM EDT
This Monogram Club Past President Profile features Elmer Layden (’25, football/track & field), the Club’s seventh president. Layden served as Monogram Club president in 1924.
In honor of the Monogram Club’s 100th anniversary we will take a look at each of the Club’s former presidents with our Past President Profile.
Elmer Layden (’25, football/track & field)
– Layden came to Notre Dame from Davenport, Iowa.
– He played three seasons (1922-24) for Knute Rockne. Notre Dame went 27-2-1 during that span.
– Layden is best remembered as an All-American fullback and one of the Four Horsemen during his playing days at Notre Dame. He was known as the fastest of the quartet and became a defensive star with his timely interceptions. He also handled punt duties for the squad.
– He earned first-team All-America honors as a senior in 1924 after helping Notre Dame to a perfect 10-0 record and the program’s first national championship.
– Layden also competed three seasons (1923-25) for the Notre Dame track & field team.
– He served as Monogram Club president in 1924.
– Following graduation, he played one year of professional football.
– He became head football coach at Columbia College in Dubuque, Iowa, finishing 8-5-2 in two seasons (1925-26). He held the same post at Duquesne in Pittsburgh from 1927-1933 and put together a 48-16-6 mark.
– Layden coached at Notre Dame for seven seasons (1934-40) 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, the Monogram Club’s co-founder.
– In 1940 Layden 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.
– He passed away in 1973 at the age of 70.