Bill Dando

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Bill Dando
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1932-04-30) April 30, 1932 (age 85)
Playing career
1950–1951 San Francisco
1956–1958 Detroit
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1960–1963 John Carroll (assistant)
1964 John Carroll
1965 SMU (LB)
1966–1970 Buffalo (assistant)
1977–1989 Buffalo
Head coaching record
Overall 63–68–1

William R. Dando (born April 30, 1932) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at John Carroll University in 1964 and at the University at Buffalo from 1977 to 1989, compiling a career college football record of 63–68–1. Dando began his college playing career at the University of San Francisco. He was a member of the 1951 Dons who were uninvited to a bowl game that year because they had two African American players on the team: Ollie Matson and Burl Toler. The University at Buffalo Alumni Association inducted Coach Dando into the university's Athletic Hall of Fame inn 1998. Bill Dando, UB's 19th head football coach, whose commitment to the program and the great athletes and students that he produced are credited with creating the base for the university's rise to Division I-A. When hired as head coach in 1977, Dando had to rebuild a program, at the Division III level, that the university had dissolved at the Division I level in 1970. Among the highlights of Dando's 13 seasons with the Bulls are the 1983 team, which posted a record of 8-2 and whose offense recorded numbers that still stand as UB records, and the 1986 team, which posted a record of 9-2, finishing fifth in the East and 20th in the NCAA Division III poll.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
John Carroll Blue Streaks (Presidents' Athletic Conference) (1964)
1964 John Carroll 4–4 4–1 2nd
John Carroll: 4–4 4–1
Buffalo Bulls (NJCAA independent) (1977)
1977 Buffalo 0–3–1
Buffalo Bulls (NCAA Division III independent) (1978–1989)
1978 Buffalo 3–6
1979 Buffalo 4–5
1980 Buffalo 6–5
1981 Buffalo 5–5
1982 Buffalo 5–5
1983 Buffalo 8–2
1984 Buffalo 6–4
1985 Buffalo 4–6
1986 Buffalo 9–2
1987 Buffalo 3–7
1988 Buffalo 2–8
1989 Buffalo 4–6
Buffalo: 59–64–1
Total: 63–68–1