Moose Krause
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Biographical details
Born(1913-02-02)February 2, 1913
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedDecember 11, 1992(1992-12-11) (aged 79)
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Playing career
1931–1933Notre Dame
1931–1934Notre Dame
Position(s)Tackle (football)
Center (basketball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1934–1938Saint Mary's (MN)
1939–1941Holy Cross (line)
1942–1943Notre Dame (line)
1946–1947Notre Dame (line)
1934–1939Saint Mary's (MN)
1939–1942Holy Cross
1943–1944Notre Dame
1946–1951Notre Dame
1937–1939Saint Mary's (MN)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1934–1939Saint Mary's (MN)
1948–1949Notre Dame (assistant AD)
1949–1981Notre Dame
Head coaching record
Overall8–29–4 (football)
155–114 (basketball)
16–16 (baseball)
Accomplishments and honors
Football All-American (1932)
Basketball All-American (19321934)
Walter Camp Man of the Year (1976)
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1976 (profile)
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Edward Walter "Moose" Krause (born Edward Walter Kriaučiūnas; Lithuanian: Edvardas Valteris Kriaučiūnas; February 2, 1913 – December 11, 1992) was an American football, basketball, and baseball player, track athlete, coach, and college athletics administrator. He lettered in four sports at the University of Notre Dame, where he was a three-time consensus All-American in basketball (1932–1934). Krause served as the head basketball coach at Saint Mary's College in Winona, Minnesota, now Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, from 1934 to 1939, at the College of the Holy Cross from 1939 to 1942, and at Notre Dame from 1943 to 1944 and 1946 to 1951, compiling a career college basketball record of 155–114. He was Notre Dame's athletic director from 1949 to 1981. Krause was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1976 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Early life and playing career

Born Edward Walter Kriaučiūnas in Chicago to Lithuanian immigrant parents, Krause grew up in the Town of Lake section or, as it was once known as, Back of the Yards. His brother, Feliksas Kriaučiūnas, was the captain of Lithuania national basketball team in 1937. His surname was shortened to Krause by his high school football coach, who could not pronounce Kriaučiūnas (Lithuanian pronunciation: [krɪ.ɐutɕɪˈuːnɐs]).

At the University of Notre Dame, Krause competed in track, baseball, football and basketball, becoming the first Notre Dame player to make the halls of fame of both basketball and football. In basketball, he was a three-time consensus All-American, in 1932, 1933, and 1934. Krause played football for the Fighting Irish under Hunk Anderson. He graduated cum laude from Notre Dame with a journalism degree in 1934 .

Coaching career

Krause's coaching career included a five-year stint as head coach in all sports at Saint Mary's College in Winona, Minnesota, now Saint Mary's University of Minnesota; an assistant football coach at the College of the Holy Cross and the University of Notre Dame for ten years; and head basketball coach at the University of Notre Dame in 1943 and again from 1946 to 1951, when he compiled a record of 98–48 (.671).[1] As acting head football coach at Notre Dame, filling in for an ailing Frank Leahy, Krause was 3–0.

Military service

Krause served in the United States Marines during World War II including a 14-month stretch as an air combat intelligence officer in the South Pacific.[2]

Administrative career

Krause became the assistant athletic director at Notre Dame in 1948. In March 1949, he was named athletic director, succeeding Frank Leahy, who stepped down from the role to focus on his post as head football coach.[2]

Later years

Krause died on December 11, 1992, at his home in South Bend, Indiana.[3] He was buried in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Saint Mary's Redmen (Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1934–1938)
1934 Saint Mary's 4–3–2 2–2–1 6th
1935 Saint Mary's 2–6 0–5 8th
1936 Saint Mary's 1–8 1–3 T–5th
1937 Saint Mary's 1–4–2 1–2–1 T–5th
1938 Saint Mary's 0–7 0–5 T–7th
Saint Mary's: 8–29–4 4–17–2
Total: 8–29–4


  1. ^ "Moose Krause Chapter". Archived from the original on February 18, 2015. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "'Moose' Krause Named Athletic Director at ND". St. Petersburg Times. Associated Press. March 23, 1949. Retrieved November 14, 2010.
  3. ^ "Ex-Irish A.D. 'Moose' Krause a 'true legend'". The Star Press. Muncie, Indiana. Associated Press. December 12, 1992. p. 16. Retrieved July 26, 2020 – via open access.

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