George Stuart "Pop" Bretnall
Born September 11, 1895 in Blairstown, Iowa. He served in the medical corps in France during World War I. He captained the track team at Cornell College, graduating in 1921 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While a student at Cornell he was a member of the United State track team, which competed in the 1920 Olympic games held in Antwerp, Belgium. Coach Pop came to Baker in 1922 and was named Head track coach. He was also named assistant football and basketball coach. Has head track coach his teams won the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference championship 9 consecutive years, from 1928 to 1937. Was hired by Iowa State University in 1937 as head track coach. His teams won five championships in track and cross-country. He retired from Iowa State in 1967. Was a charter member of the Cornell College Sports Hall of Fame (1972). Coach Pop passed away March 20, 1974. Was inducted into the Iowa Track Coaches Hall of Fame in 1977.