Alexander S. Lilley

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Alexander S. Lilley
Alexander S Lilley.jpg
Lilley pictured in 1890
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1867-12-07)December 7, 1867
Columbus, Ohio
Died December 8, 1925(1925-12-08) (aged 58)
San Francisco, California
Alma mater Princeton University
Playing career
c. 1890? Princeton
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1890–1891 Ohio State
Head coaching record
Overall 3–5

Alexander Spinning Lilley (December 7, 1867 – December 8, 1925) was an American football coach. He served as the first head football coach at Ohio State University, coaching from 1890 to 1891, and compiling a record of 3–5.[1] Lilley was an unpaid volunteer coach during his time coaching at Ohio State. He was also known to ride an Indian pony to practices during his tenure.[2] A plaque at the Ohio State football stadium memorializes him as "A Lone and Ardent Volunteer".[3]

Lilley died after a five-month illness in 1925. At the time of his death he was a manager for a shipbuilding company in New York. [4][5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Ohio State Buckeyes (Independent) (1890–1891)
1890 Ohio State 1–3
1891 Ohio State 2–2
Ohio State: 3–5
Total: 3–5


  1. ^ "Ohio State History Database". Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved September 22, 2008. 
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  5. ^ "Famed Athlete Dies". San Mateo Times. San Mateo, California. United Press. December 9, 1925. p. 1. Retrieved December 27, 2016 – via open access publication – free to read.