Our Mission

Local Chapter

Mr. Notre Dame

 

Our Mission

The Moose Krause Chapter of the College Hall of Fame strives to support high school football and academic standouts within the Michiana area through contributions to college funds. We believe that these scholarships make the athletic and academic dreams of these individuals attainable, and we proudly support such outstanding young men throughout their four years of college.

 

Local Chapter

Before the annual College Hall of Fame dinner in 1979, a South Bend visitor boasted that he was a member of the Edward "Moose" Krause Chapter of South Bend, Indiana at a New York luncheon. The spontaneous cheer of recognition for Krause, a long-time member of the Hall's Honors Court, was enough to convince what was then officially the South Bend Chapter to change its name and honor one of the great names of college athletics. For 26 years we have been the Moose Krause chapter.

Edward Krause, who died in December of 1992, did not need the name recognition, but he accepted it graciously and proudly wore the emblem of his chapter. He has helped to make it one of the outstanding chapters of the country.

When the National Football Foundation set out to find a new site for its Hall of Fame and South Bend responded, Krause and this chapter were a part of the effort. "This is where the Football Hall of Fame belongs," said Krause. The Foundation agreed.

The first scholar-athletes were selected in 1974, a class of seven, one each from Penn, Marian, Washington, St. Joseph's, LaSalle, and two from South Bend Riley. The players were presented plaques and certificates at halftime of the Blue and Gold Spring Game.

Since its beginning, the Moose Krause Chapter of the College Football Hall of Fame has awarded over $175,000 in scholarships.

For more than 60 years, Krause was one of the great ambassadors of the game and of college athletics. He spurned a Chicago Bears contract in 1934 to continue in college athletics and until his dying breath was a great spokesman for all sports, particularly at Notre Dame.

 

Mr. Notre Dame

Some cite national championship coaches Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian and Lou Holtz as the great legends of Notre Dame. Yet Gerry Faust put it in this perspective, "They talk about the Gipper, Rockne and the Four Horsemen, but the true legend of Notre Dame was Moose Krause."

Across the land, and especially in this chapter, we will always salute the man we called, "Mr. Notre Dame."

Edward W. “Moose” Krause graduated cum laude from Notre Dame in 1934 with a degree in journalism. While at Notre Dame, Krause competed in track, baseball, football and basketball. His greatest accomplishments came on the hardwood where he led the Irish to a 54-12 record while posting three Consensus All-American seasons in 1932-34.

In a coaching career that spanned from his graduation at Notre Dame in 1934 until 1951, Moose was head coach in all sports at St. Mary’s College, MN for five years; an assistant football coach at Holy Cross College and the University of Notre Dame for 10 years; and head basketball coach at the University of Notre Dame in 1943 and from 1946-51, when he compiled a record of 98-48 (.671). Moose also filled in for an ailing Frank Leahy and claimed a 3-0 record as acting head coach at the University of Notre Dame.

Citing just a few of the many accomplishments of our very own Moose:
• All-American, basketball and football, University of Notre Dame, 1932-34
• University of Notre Dame head basketball coach, 1943, 1946-51
• University of Notre Dame Athletic Director, 1949-1981
• Distinguished American, National Football Foundation, 1989
• Distinguished American, South Bend chapter, 1974
• Chairman, South Bend Recreation Commission, 1955-1992
• Member, National Basketball Hall of Fame, enshrined 1976
• Knights of Malta; Fourth Degree Member, Knights of Columbus