Ben Wilson (American football coach)

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Ben Wilson
Biographical details
Born(1926-01-15)January 15, 1926
Cadiz, Ohio
DiedOctober 2, 1970(1970-10-02) (aged 44)
near Silver Plume, Colorado
Playing career
Position(s)Center, linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1950Heidelberg (freshmen)
1965–1968Virginia (OC)
1969–1970Wichita State
Head coaching record
Overall2–11 (college)
95–32–5 (high school)

Ben Wilson (January 15, 1926 – October 2, 1970) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Wichita State University from 1969 until three games into the 1970 seasons when he was killed in a plane crash.

On October 2, 1970, Wilson and his wife, Helen, were killed along with 14 players on the team and several others during the Wichita State University football team plane crash en route to a game at Utah State University.[1] The remaining team members completed the season under assistant coach Bob Seaman.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Wichita State Shockers (Missouri Valley Conference) (1969–1970)
1969 Wichita State 2–8 1–3 5th
1970 Wichita State 0–3 0–0
Wichita State: 2–11 1–3
Total: 2–11


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