Bill Armstrong (coach)

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Bill Armstrong
Richard Armstrong Yale.png
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1873-07-16)July 16, 1873
Saybrook, Connecticut
Died August 4, 1938(1938-08-04) (aged 65)
Hampton, Virginia
Playing career
1892–1894 Yale
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
William & Mary
Head coaching record
Overall 24–8

Richard "Bill" Armstrong (July 16, 1873 – August 4, 1938) was the seventh head college football coach for the United States Naval Academy Midshipmen located in Annapolis, Maryland and he held that position for three seasons, from 1897 until 1899. His coaching record at United States Naval Academy was 20 wins, 5 losses, and 0 ties. As of the conclusion of the 2007 season, this ranks him 12th at United States Naval Academy in total wins and second at United States Naval Academy in winning percentage (0.800).[1][2] He was born in Connecticut in 1873.[3]

Armstrong was also a head coach for the College of William & Mary's football team. He coached one season (1896) and recorded an 0–2 record. He concluded his coaching career at Hampton University in 1912 when he coached for one season and finished with a 4–1 record.

He married Rosa Fairfax Lee in Hampton on April 21, 1906. He later worked in the oyster growing, farming and real estate professions. He died at Hampton in 1938.[4][5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank#
William & Mary Orange and White (Independent) (1896)
1896 William & Mary 0–2
William & Mary: 0–2
Navy Midshipmen (Independent) (1897–1899)
1897 Navy 8–1
1898 Navy 7–1
1899 Navy 5–3
Navy: 20–5
Hampton Pirates (Independent) (1912)
1912 Hampton 4–1
Hampton: 4–1
Total: 24–8
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl, or College Football Playoff (CFP) game.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


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