William Wurtenburg

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William Wurtenburg
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William Wurtenburg as a part of the 1888 Yale football team
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1863-12-24)December 24, 1863
Clarksburg, New York
Died March 26, 1957(1957-03-26) (aged 93)
New Haven, Connecticut
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record
Overall 27–24–4
College Football Data Warehouse

William Charles "Bill" Wurtenburg (December 24, 1863 – March 26, 1957) was an American football coach. He served as the fourth head coach for the United States Naval Academy football team during the 1894 season, and as the second head coach for the Dartmouth College football team from 1895 to 1899. His coaching record at Navy was 4–1–2, and at Dartmouth 23–23–2.

Early life and college[edit]

Bill Wurtenburg was born on December 24, 1863 in Clarksburg, New York. He was the son of George M. Wurtenburg and Elizabeth Hochschild, who immigrated from Germany in 1848, settling down in Clarksburg where the elder Wurtenburg took up a job as a miller. William attended primary school at the Clarksville public school system. He received some of his secondary schooling from the Griffith Institute in Springville, New York and Forestville Academy. He finished his secondary schooling at the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire.[1] While there, Wurtenburg competed in field events at the school's spring athletic events. In 1884, he was a well-recognized member of the school's competitive football team.[2] He continued playing on the team in 1885, playing at quarterback and holding the position as team captain. That year, he lead the team to a 29–11 victory over rival Phillips Academy.[3] In his senior year, 1886, he placed first in standing broad jump with weights and running broad jump, with jumps of about twelve and eighteen feet, respectively.[4] Upon graduation from Phillips Exeter, Bill Wurtenburg entered Yale University.[1]

Wurtenburg began taking medical classes in his freshman year. He played as a halfback on the team that year.[5] In his sophomore year of 1887, he joined the school's football team. He played backup halfback to freshman Harmon S. Graves, although occasionally filling in as a fullback.[6][7] The squad went 9–0, was later recognized as the national champion, and outscored their opponents 515–12, including a 106–0 shutout of Wesleyan.[8] He continued to play on the football team into his junior year, shifting into his former position at quarterback, where he was the starter.

At the Exeter Club's first annual banquet, held that year, Wurtenburg was asked to present a toast to represent the club's athletics.[9]


An old newspaper article
A newspaper article about the wedding of Wurtenburg and Anna Phillips

After college[edit]

On November 20th of that year, Wurtenburg married Anna Phillips, daughter of Jason W. Phillips, whom he met while at Chatauqua in 1893. The wedding took place at Springfielf, in Phillips' home state of Ohio; it was called "a brilliant event" by the Boston Daily Globe and was attended by several important people, including then-Ohio governor-elect Asa S. Bushnell and his wife. After the wedding, they moved to New Haven and moved into a permanent residence there.[5]

Medical career and death[edit]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Navy Midshipmen (Independent) (1894)
1894 Navy 4–1–2
Navy: 4–1–2
Dartmouth Big Green (Independent) (1895–1899)
1895 Dartmouth 7–5–1
1896 Dartmouth 5–2–1
1897 Dartmouth 4–3
1898 Dartmouth 5–6
1899 Dartmouth 2–7
Dartmouth: 23–23–2
Total: 27–24–4




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