Ed Tryon
Football, Coach
​Inducted in 2005
Ed Tryon was born in Medford, Massachusetts, but relocated to Suffield when he entered Suffield Academy in 1919. No stranger to town, Eddie had spent most of his summers living at the family cottage on Lake Congamond.

He made All-Connecticut Valley teams in football for three straight years while attending Suffield Academy and later went on to star as a running back for Colgate from 1922-25. As a senior, he led the East in scoring with 111 points and was captain of an unbeaten Colgate team. His greatest scoring day came in 1923 when he scored five touchdowns against Columbia University, a Colgate record unequaled until the early 1980’s. In four seasons, Eddie led Colgate to a 24-9-3 record. His coach, Dick Harlow, once called him “the answer to a coach’s fondest dreams.” He played professional football with Red Grange’s New York Yankees in 1926-27 before pursuing a career in coaching.

In 1963, the 1926 Colgate graduate was inducted into the National Collegiate Football Hall of Fame in Mason, Ohio, and the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame in Los Angeles. In 1979, Colgate inducted Eddie into its athletic hall of fame.

He worked as athletic director and coach at Rutherford High School, Rutherford. N.J., from 1928 to 1946. During this time he played with and coached a New Jersey Semi-professional team for six years. He later coached football at Hobart College, Geneva, N.Y., from 1946 until he retired in 1964. A member of the Hobart Hall of Fame, he coached the team to two undefeated seasons in 1954 and 1957. He also served on the NCAA Football Rules Committee for four years beginning in 1958. In addition, he umpired collegiate baseball and officiated for eight years in the American Football Association and three years in the NFL. After retirement, he returned to Suffield where he continued coaching as a part-time assistant at Suffield Academy.
He married Suffield native Luana Phelps in 1926 but she tragically died two years later, leaving Eddie to bring up his infant daughter, Barbara. Ed died in 1982 at the age of 81.