Football at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has a storied history, from its humble beginnings in 1898 until its eventual disbanding in 1974. After a rocky start as the Normal School Braves in 1899, the program entered a golden age under Coach Herman Kluge, winning several state championships. Sadly, the program would never be as successful under the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee banner, but continued to have an impact on the school culture until cut for lack of funding. This guide explores the nearly 70 years of football history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and its predecessor institutions, the Wisconsin State Normal School, Milwaukee State Teacher's College, and the Wisconsin State College-Milwaukee.
This guide was created in May 2010 using records and articles from the collections of the Archives Department, UWM Libraries, and associated publications. Matt Sherman assisted with photograph selection and scanning, and wrote some copy for the guide. Brad Houston edited and wrote the remaining copy.
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