Bill Kern

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Bill Kern
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Kern pictured in The Monticola 1941, West Virginia yearbook
Sport(s) American football
Biographical details
Born (1906-09-02)September 2, 1906
Kingston, Pennsylvania
Died April 5, 1985(1985-04-05) (aged 78)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1925, 1927 Pittsburgh
1929–1930 Green Bay Packers
Position(s) Tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1936 Pittsburgh (assistant)
1937–1939 Carnegie Tech
1940–1942 West Virginia
1946–1947 West Virginia
Head coaching record
Overall 36–35–2
Bowls 0–1
Accomplishments and honors
All-American, 1927
AFCA Coach of the Year (1938)
Bill Kern
Date of birth (1906-09-02)September 2, 1906
Place of birth Kingston, Pennsylvania
Date of death April 5, 1985(1985-04-05) (aged 78)
Career information
Position(s) Tackle
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg)
College Pittsburgh
High school Wyoming Seminary (Kingston, PA)
Career history
As player
1929–1930 Green Bay Packers
Career stats

William Franklin "Bill" Kern (September 2, 1906 – April 5, 1985) was an American football player and coach. He played college football as a tackle at the University of Pittsburgh in 1925 and 1927 and then with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) in 1929 and 1930. Kern served as the head football coach at the Carnegie Institute of Technology from 1937 to 1939 and at West Virginia University from 1940 to 1942 and again in 1946 and 1947, compiling a career record of 36–35–2. In 1938, he led the Carnegie Tech Tartans to the Sugar Bowl, where they lost to the national champion TCU Horned Frogs, 15–7.

Playing career[edit]

As a player in college, he was a first team All-American tackle at the University of Pittsburgh in 1927.[1] Following college, Kern played tackle for the NFL's Green Bay Packers in 1929 and 1930.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Kern's tenure at West Virginia was interrupted by military service during World War II. He served as a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1945.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
Carnegie Tech Tartans () (1937–1939)
1937 Carnegie Tech 2–5–1
1938 Carnegie Tech 7–2 L Sugar 6
1939 Carnegie Tech 3–5
Carnegie Tech: 12–12–1
West Virginia Mountaineers (Independent) (1940–1942)
1940 West Virginia 4–4–1
1941 West Virginia 4–6
1942 West Virginia 5–4
West Virginia Mountaineers (Independent) (1946–1947)
1946 West Virginia 5–5
1947 West Virginia 6–4
West Virginia: 24–23–1
Total: 36–35–2
#Rankings from final AP Poll.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Borghetti, E.J.; Nestor, Mendy; Welsh, Celeste, eds. (2008). 2008 Pitt Football Media Guide (PDF). Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh. p. 158. 
  2. ^ "Bill Kern Statistics". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on 7 December 2008. Retrieved January 2, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Kern Resigns as West Virginia Coach". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. November 26, 1947. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 

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