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07 Harry Wright
07 Harry Wright
Title: HOF Class of '07

Harry “the Horse” Wright was the head coach of the football program for six years between 1958 and 1963. All of his teams finished with winning seasons and he recorded an overall record of 32-23-1. Mariner fans in attendance for a Kings Point football game would find him pacing the sideline and stopping only to light a cigarette. He worried over five miles a game on the sideline as he was chain smoking the entire time, a habit he picked up as an assistant coach to Wally Butts at the University of Georgia. In addition to his coaching duties at Kings Point, Wright was the catalyst for the change in Midshipmen being able to split their mandatory year at sea into six month stints over two years so athletes could participate in their sport uninterrupted. “The Horse” earned his nickname while at Notre Dame; he played more minutes than any other player under Frank Lahey. Wright was the starting quarterback for the undefeated 1941 squad and played guard the following year as the signal caller. It was the first time the “T” formation used the signal caller on the front line. Wright was named an All-American both of those years. Long Island’s own was raised in Hempstead and educated at Chaminade High School in Mineola before earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1942. After his graduation, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, which is where he started his coaching career.