Born: August 15, 1895 – Vienna, IL
Died: October 2, 1980
Graduated: Kingfisher (OK) H.S., 1913; University of Kansas, 1917
One of the most interesting stories of all the Kansas Sports Hall of Famers, Adrian Lindsey made his mark on Kansas sports history not only as a player, but as a successful coach as well.
Adrian Hobart “Ad” Lindsey was named All-Missouri Valley conference twice as a quarterback and captained the University of Kansas football team in 1916. He entered the Army one year later, fought in World War I and played on the Camp Funston football team where he was named All-AEF halfback. He also played for the Camp Funston baseball team with Hall of Fame great Grover Cleveland Alexander. After the war, Lindsey was an assistant football coach at Kansas from 1919 to 1921 before he left to play major league baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1921.
Lindsey coached all sports at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, from 1922 to 1926. His undefeated 1925 Bethany football team allowed just three points in seven games. Lindsey was named the head football coach at the University of Oklahoma in 1927 and coached there five years. Following a defeat at the hands of Lindsey’s Sooners in 1932, the KU Athletic Board then decided Lindsey should replace Bill Hargiss as KU’s varsity football coach. Lindsey was the head coach of the Jayhawks from 1932-1938 before being called back to the U.S. Army in 1940. In action during World War II, he won the Silver Star for bravery under fire at Okinawa and was promoted to Colonel. He was named Commander of the 89th Infantry division in 1949.