Saturday, October 03, 2015

Recalling Lawrence ‘Larry’ Wolfe, Linfield football and men’s basketball coach

Has a former Linfield head football coach ever coached against Linfield as head coach of another college football team? Yes.

Lawrence "Larry" Wolfe (see photo) was Linfield head football coach 1926 and 1927 seasons. In the 1926 season, Linfield beat Oregon Normal School (now WOU), 55-0, in Monmouth. (WOU says score was 56-0.) In the 1927 season, Linfield defeated Normal, 83-0, in McMinnville.

Wolfe left Linfield and went to Normal and coached football there seven seasons, 1928-1934. In the 1928 season, Normal  beat Linfield, 24-0, in Monmouth. Also in Monmouth, Normal beat Linfield, 27-2, in the 1931 season. The 1932 season saw Normal defeat Linfield, 12-0, in McMinnville.

Wolfe was also head men's basketball coach at Linfield in the 1926 and 1927 seasons. At Oregon Normal (now WOU), he coached men's basketball in the 1928 through 1934 seasons. Thus, he also coached for Linfield vs. Normal and for Normal vs. Linfield in that sport.

In the 2015 season, Jay Locey, Linfield head coach 1996-2005, coached Lewis & Clark College against Linfield in a game played Oct. 3, 2015, on Portland's Palatine Hill at L&C's Griswold Stadium on Fred Wilson Field.  Linfield won, 73-0.

--Photo of Coach Wolfe from the 1929 Normal The Norm yearbook.