Ernest Bearg

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Ernest Bearg
Ernest E. Bearg.jpg
Bearg from 1927 Cornhusker
Biographical details
Born(1893-07-20)July 20, 1893
Moray, Kansas
DiedAugust 24, 1971(1971-08-24) (aged 78)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
?Illinois (assistant)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
Head coaching record
Overall69–40–7 (football)
8–10 (basketball)
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

Early life[edit]

Bearg was a 1916 graduate of Washburn University where he was a member of the Kansas Beta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta. During his senior year at Washburn, he was elected senior class president.

Coaching career[edit]


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."[1] After four seasons in Lincoln, Bearg was replaced by future College Football Hall of Fame coach, Dana X. Bible.[2]


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[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Washburn Ichabods (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1918–1919)
1918 Washburn 4–1
1919 Washburn 7–1–1
Nebraska Cornhuskers (Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association/Big Six Conference) (1925–1928)
1925 Nebraska 4–2–2 2–2–1 5th
1926 Nebraska 6–2 5–1 2nd
1927 Nebraska 6–2 4–1 2nd
1928 Nebraska 7–1–1 5–0 1st
Nebraska: 23–7–3 16–4–1
Washburn Ichabods (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1929–1934)
1929 Washburn 5–6
1930 Washburn 7–2 1st
1931 Washburn 7–3 1st
1932 Washburn 6–3–1
1933 Washburn 4–6–1
1934 Washburn 2–6–1
Washburn Ichabods (Missouri Valley Conference) (1935)
1935 Washburn 4–6 1–2 T–5th
Washburn: 46–33–4
Total: 69–10–7
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


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