Ross Fiscus

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Ross Fiscus
Sport(s) College football
Current position
Title Head Coach
Team Washington & Jefferson
Indiana Normal School
Biographical details
Born (1870-04-02)April 2, 1870
Armstrong Township, Pennsylvania
Died November 6, 1950(1950-11-06) (aged 80)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Playing career
Allegheny A. A.
Greensburg A. A.
Position(s) Offensive Lineman, Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1897-1899 Geneva
Head coaching record
Overall 6-9-2 (0.412)

William Ross Fiscus was an early professional football player and coach in the United States. He was one of the first pro players on record.

Playing history[edit]

Fiscus played for the Allegheny Athletic Association professional football team as an offensive lineman in 1891 and 1892, but by 1893 he had successfully earned the role as halfback.[1] Fiscus continued to play several more years for Allegheny, even dropping out of college to do so.[2] This would have put him alongside the first recorded professional football player William "Pudge" Heffelfinger, who also played for Allegheny. In 1896, he played alongside his brother Lawson for the Greensburg Athletic Association.

Coaching history[edit]

After completing his professional career, Fiscus was the second head college football coach for the Geneva College Golden Tornadoes located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States, and he held that position for three seasons, from 1897 until 1899. His coaching record at Geneva was 6 wins, 9 losses, and 2 ties. As of the completion of the 2007 season, this ranks him 18th at Geneva in total wins and 21st at Geneva in winning percentage (0.412).[3]

Fiscus died in 1950 at Pittsburgh.[4]


  1. ^ Pro Football Researchers "The Weekly Wage Professionalism Expands in Pittsburgh: 1893"
  2. ^ Pro Football Researchers "The A’s Have It: The 3A’s Triumph: 1894"
  3. ^ Geneva College coaching records
  4. ^ "Obituaries". The Indiana Gazette. November 7, 1950. p. 2. Retrieved July 21, 2014 – via  open access publication - free to read