Football Coach

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Credited with getting the Bison athletic program out of the loss column and with initiating highly successful intramural and physical education programs. Head football coach and athletic director from 1928 to 1940, capturing two North Central Conference championships in 1932 and 1935. He took a sagging football program and established a winning tradition. Fargo Forum sports editor Eugene Fitzgerald coined the phrase “Finnegan Weather” to describe those crisp, invigorating autumn Saturday’s when Casey’s Herd was romping on the gridiron. Finnegan left in 1940 for a five-year hitch in the Army. Returned as athletic director in 1946 and held that post until 1957.