Bearg from 1927 Cornhusker
|Born||July 20, 1893|
|Died||August 24, 1971 (aged 78)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
1 Big Six (1928)
2 CIAC (1930–1931)
Ernest Elmer Bearg (July 20, 1893 – August 24, 1971) was an American football and basketball coach. He served as the head football coach at Washburn University from 1918 to 1919 and again from 1929 to 1935 and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from 1925 to 1928, compiling a career college football record of 69–40–7. Bearg also spent one year as Nebraska's men's basketball coach (1925–1926) and posted an 8–10 mark. Before coming to Nebraska, he also served as an assistant coach at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign under Robert Zuppke
Bearg was the 15th and then the 20th head football coach for the Washburn Ichabods. He first held the position for two seasons in 1918 and 1919 and again for seven more seasons from 1929 until 1935. Bearg's overall record at Washburn was 46–33–4.
After coaching for four seasons at Nebraska, Bearg led the Ichabods to a 35–31 record and the 1931 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship. Two of his team's three losses during the 1931 season came to the Kansas and Kansas State.
Under Bearg's leadership, Nebraska won its first Big Six Conference title in 1928 when his team went 7–1–1. The Cornhuskers were conference runners-up in 1926 and 1927. According to Nebraska's official athletics website, Bearg fielded powerful team during his four years at the helm but "fans criticized him for not using strategy and deception, which eventually led to his resignation." After four seasons in Lincoln, Bearg was replaced by future College Football Hall of Fame coach, Dana X. Bible.
Bearg was inducted into the Washburn Athletics Hall of Fame in 1973–74, and earned a spot as a coach in the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1988.
Head coaching record
|Washburn Ichabods (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1918–1919)|
|Nebraska Cornhuskers (Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association/Big Six Conference) (1925–1928)|
|Washburn Ichabods (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1929–1934)|
|Washburn Ichabods (Missouri Valley Conference) (1935)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|