Wrestler, coach. Born– November 4, 1903, in Weatherford, Okla. Parents– William Arnold and Anna (Schoonmaker) Umbach. Married– Lucile Irene Cox, April 24, 1931. Children– Two. Education– Oklahoma Southwestern State University, B.S., 1927; Northern Colorado University, M.S., 1940. Taught high school in Oklahoma, 1927-1941; William and Mary College, 1941-1944; Auburn University, 1944-1973. Participated in football and wrestling in high schools; coached eight state high school wrestling champions. Won 83% of high school football games he coached; won the Oklahoma State Championship in football, 1931. Started first collegiate wrestling program in the Deep South at Auburn University, 1946. Founded Southeastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association; President of National Wrestling Coaches Association. Started Little League Baseball in Alabama. Named to the Sports Hall of Fame of Southwestern Oklahoma State University and to the United States Wrestling Federation’s National Wrestling Hall of Fame.  Died September 30, 1993.


Arnold W. Umbach.


Successful Wrestling; Its Bases and Problems. St. Louis; Mosby, 1953.

Joint Publication(s):

Wrestling. Chicago; Athletic Institute, 1961.

Wrestling. Dubuque, Iowa; W. C. Brown, 1966.