Herbert McCracken

Football (Inducted: 1976-77)

Herbert  McCracken

Herb McCracken is one of the winningest coaches (59-40-6) to ever head Lafayette Football teams. His 12 seasons at Lafayette included an undefeated (9-0) team in 1926. McCracken came to campus after three years as head coach at Allegheny College. He had been a basketball and football star at the University of Pittsburgh.

In the latter sport, the famous Pop Warner had called him "my greatest all-around athlete." In 1935 he left the coaching profession to devote time to his business interests. McCracken had helped found Scholastic Magazine in 1922 and he was the publisher of Scholastic Coach which he started in 1931. His association with Lafayette continued as a member of the Board of Trustees (1963-71) and, in 1968, he received an honorary degree from Lafayette. He was the recipient of the Danny Hatch '04 award for his service to Lafayette athletics in 1971. In 1972 he received the National Football Foundation's Distinguished American Award. Two years later he became the third Lafayette coach to be inducted into the NFF Collegiate Hall of Fame.