Arnold W. "Swede" Umbach
Class of 1991

Category: Wrestling

Born: 1903
Birthplace: OK Territory

Arnold W. Umbach was born in the Oklahoma Territory in 1903, the son of Swedish immigrants. After coaching 14 years in Oklahoma high schools, Umbach joined the football staff of his former college coach, Carl Voyles, and accompanied him to Auburn in 1944. Beginning in 1946 and continuing for the next 27 years, Coach Umbach produced 25 championship teams in the Southeastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association. Umbach's Auburn Tigers won 249 dual meets, lost only 28, and tied five. During this period, he coached 127 conference champions and four national champions. Umbach's career was highlighted by Auburn University hosting the 1971 NCAA Wrestling Championship. Even without his amazing coaching record, Umbach who was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1981 would have been nationally recognized as one of the sport's most outstanding individuals. He passed away in 1993.

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