Baseball, Basketball, Football and Golf Coach, 1927-40
The late McElwain holds the distinction of starting Ferris' athletics program and was the school's first athletic director. From 1927 to 1940, when McElwain entered law practice full-time, his name rang synonymous with Ferris athletics. He also was one of the institution's initial football, basketball, baseball, and golf coaches. In football, McElwain compiled a 31-44-7 overall mark in 12 seasons (1927-39). His gridiron coaching highlights included a winning season in 1927 (4-3-0) followed by a 6-2-1 mark in 1928, including a 24-7 victory over Notre Dame's "B" team. On the court, McElwain served as head coach for 13 years (1927-40) and notched a 109-127 record. His most successful season was in 1931-32 as Ferris posted a 17-4 overall record. He currently is the third winningest coach in FSU basketball history.
A football standout on the gridiron, McElwain made the 1923 Walter Camp All-America team as a sophomore at Northwestern and was signed by Chicago upon graduation in 1925. With the Bears, he was coached by George Halas and played with Red Grange, both NFL Hall of Famers. He died on Nov. 26, 1996.