Yesterday afternoon, Coach E. L. Farrell began the work of two men, when he assumed the task of whipping the cross-country team into shape, while at the same time undertaking the duties of trainer to the football team. The methods which Coach Farrell employs in keeping his track men in trim promise to be of equal value to the gridiron candidates.
When W. J. Bingham '16, coach of the University track team in 1921 and 1922, heard of the appointment of Coach Farrell as trainer to the football team, he said, "Eddie Farrell has a spirit to impart to the football team which may be invaluable. For the last two years he has imbued it in the track team, I believe that he is now coming into his own, as his success in the coming track season will prove.
He possesses a keen insight into the workings of a boy's mind, and this quality will enable him to spur football players as ably as track men. He has, too the advantage of long experience in training men. Twice he has been one of the coaches for the American Olympic team, following his trip in 1912 as a member of the team. I am exceedingly glad of his appointment for he is bound to be a great asset to football."
Farrell "Inspirer" Says Dunker
The captain of the University track team for 1925, H. T. Dunker '25, who is now head proctor of Little Hall and one of the coaches for the 1929 football team, was elated over Coach Farrell's appointment. "The football team will benefit incalculably," said Dunker. "Coach Farrell will bring to it a spirit which is exactly the suppliment needed for the excellent technical training given to the men by Coach Fisher.
"The coach is an inspirer of men. Look at the team which he took to the Indoor Intercollegiates last year. Of 29 men who made the trip, only nine had won their letters in preparatory school. All the rest Coach Farrell had taken as novices and by sheer force of personality had inspired those men to outdo themselves in practice until they had become proficient. There was not a man on the team who would not have concurred with me in this estimate. To the football team he is carrying that same inspiration.
"To every man who comes out for track he gives something quite as valuable as can be gained elsewhere in college, something quite equal in value to anything that any professor can give. This gift of great value is training. It is not for facts that we come to college, but for training. If a man receives that training, it matters not at all whether he is given it on the playing field or in the classroom. Everyman of whom Eddie Farrell makes something worthwhile, is possessed of the ability of giving better than his best when he is called upon. The cross-country team will show the effect of his support as usual, and the College can be assured that the football team will be infinitely benefited at the same time."
Under Coach Farrell's tutelage, the 1925 cross-country team won second place in the Intercollegiates last fall. His work with the track men resulted last spring in the production of a team which made an excellent showing against a strong Yale team, and combined with that team to give the representatives of Oxford and Cambridge their defeat last summer. In all his relations with his teams Coach Farrell has shown an optimism which has done much to urge green men on to extreme efforts.