Bill Elias

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Bill Elias
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1923-03-15)March 15, 1923
Martins Ferry, Ohio
Died June 28, 1998(1998-06-28) (aged 75)
Claremont, California
Playing career
1945–1946 Maryland
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Richmond HS (IN)
Purdue (assistant)
Purdue (backfield)
George Washington
Boston Patriots (DB)
Head coaching record
Overall 36–48–5 (college)
Bowls [1]
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
2 North Central Conference (H.S.) (1951, 1952)
ACC Coach of the Year (1961)

William T. Elias (March 15, 1923 - June 28, 1998)[2] is an American former football coach. He served as the head coach at George Washington University, the University of Virginia, and the United States Naval Academy. Elias compiled a career college football record of 36–48–5.


Elias attended Martins Ferry High School in Martins Ferry, Ohio, where he starred on the football and basketball teams.[3] He went on to college at the University of Maryland. He was a guard on the football team in 1945 and 1946,[4] but did not earn a varsity letter.[5]

Elias began his coaching career at Richmond High School in Richmond, Indiana from 1950 to 1952. In his last two seasons there, he led two undefeated teams to consecutive North Central Conference championships and set the longest Indiana interscholastic winning streak at 22 games.[6] In 1956, Elias was promoted from an assistant position to head backfield coach at Purdue.[3] In 1960, he received his first collegiate head coaching position at George Washington, where he compiled a 5–3–1 record. From 1961 to 1964, he coached at Virginia, where he compiled a 16–23–1 record. From 1965 to 1968, he coached at Navy, where he compiled an 15–22–3 record.[7]


  1. ^ Elias, William. "Death Record". Genealogybank. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Elias, Ex-Navy Coach, Is Named Patriot Aide, The New York Times, February 16, 1969.
  3. ^ a b Elias Promoted, Toledo Blade, January 24, 1956.
  4. ^ Morris Allison Bealle, Kings of American Football: The University of Maryland, 1890–1952, pp. 165–169, Columbia Publishing Co., 1952.
  5. ^ 2007 Terrapin Football Record Book (PDF), "All-Time Lettermen", p. 18, University of Maryland, 2007.
  6. ^ Richmond Grid Mentor in Line for Purdue Job, Warsaw Times, January 29, 1953.
  7. ^ William T. "Bill" Elias Records by Year, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved June 7, 2011.

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