Alfred E. Bull
|Alfred E. Bull|
|Died||January 20, 1930
Latrobe Athletic Association
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Franklin & Marshall
Latrobe Athletic Association
|Head coaching record|
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
1 Western Interstate University Football Association (1896)
Alfred E. Bull (c. 1867 – January 20, 1930) was an American football player and coach, rower, and dentist. He played football at the University of Pennsylvania and was selected as a center to the 1895 College Football All-America Team. Bull later served as the head football coach at the University of Iowa (1896), Franklin & Marshall College (1896–1897), Georgetown University (1900), Lafayette College (1903–1907), and Muhlenberg College (1908–1910), compiling a career college football record of 62–34–15.
College playing career
Bull attended the University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated with a degree in dentistry. He played football for the Penn Quakers and was named to the All-American team in 1895. During a game between Penn and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, Bull faced off against All-American and early professional footballer Bemus Pierce. Bull and Pierce faced each other on the line throughout the game, and on a play late in the game Pierce knocked Bull to the ground, and the play went over him. After the play, Pierce, who was a Native American, cried out to the Penn players, "Look, look at Sitting Bull." Bull also rowed for the Penn crew.
Coaching and professional playing career
After graduating from Penn, Bull served as head football coach at Iowa, Franklin & Marshall, Georgetown, Lafayette, and Muhlenberg, compiling a record of 62–34–15 in a career that lasted from 1896 to 1910. Bull's 1896 Iowa team won the first conference title in school history. He also played quarterback and served as the coach for the Latrobe Athletic Association in 1898.
Head coaching record
|Iowa Hawkeyes (Western Interstate University Football Association) (1896)|
|Franklin & Marshall Diplomats (Independent) (1896–1897)|
|1896||Franklin & Marshall||3–4–2|
|1897||Franklin & Marshall||2–6–2|
|Franklin & Marshall:||5–10–4|
|Georgetown Hoyas (Independent) (1900)|
|Lafayette Leopards (Independent) (1903–1907)|
|Muhlenberg Mules () (1908–1910)|
- Lawrence Perry (1930-01-31). "Gridiron Stars Are Invited To Relays". Charleston Daily Mail.
- "Capt. Bull Resigns" (PDF). The New York Times. 1896-02-10.
- Van Atta, Robert (1981). "The Early years of Pro Football in Southwestern Pennsylvania". Coffin Corner (Professional Football Researchers Association) 3 (Annual): 1–15.
- "Dr. Alfred E. Bull Died In Wilkes-Barre Today". Lebanon Daily News and The Lebanon Daily Times. 1930-01-20.
- "Dr. Bull, Once Star on Penn Teams, Dies: Noted Athlete of 40 Years Ago Succumbs at Age of 63 in Wilkes-Barre; Gained Football Fame; Was Picked by Camp on One of First All-America Teams--Also Prominent Oarsman". The New York Times. 1930-01-21.
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