W. J. Randall

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W. J. Randall
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1874-06-27)June 27, 1874
Boston, Massachusetts
Died November 17, 1925(1925-11-17) (aged 51)
Chelsea, Massachusetts
Playing career
1892, 1894–1895 Dartmouth
Position(s) Tackle, back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1896 Illinois (assistant)
1896–1897 Norwich
1909 Dartmouth (backfield)
1910 Dartmouth
1911–1914 Dartmouth (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 5–2

William Joseph Randall (June 27, 1874 – November 17, 1925) was an American college football player and coach. He served as head coach at Dartmouth in 1910 and amassed a 5–2 record.[1]

Randall was born in Boston, Massachusetts on June 27, 1874.[2] A native of Chelsea, Massachusetts,[3] Randall attended Dartmouth College from which he graduated in 1896.[4] he played on the football team and earned varsity letters in 1892, 1894, and 1895.[5] Randall was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.[6]

In 1896, he served as a coach at the University of Illinois under fellow Dartmouth alumnus George Huff.[7] In 1909, Randall served as Dartmouth's assistant coach responsible for the backfield on the Dartmouth staff under W. H. Lillard.[7]

In 1910, Randall took over as head coach, with coaching duties also shared with Tom Keady and Clark Tobin, which was a continuation of earlier practice of the football program.[8] Randall continued to serve on the Dartmouth coaching staff over the next several years, including as a scout,[9] until at least 1914.[10][11]

Randall died in his home in Chelsea on November 17, 1925 at the age of 51.[12]


  1. ^ All-Time Coaching Record By Year, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved June 27, 2010.
  2. ^ Emerson, Charles Franklin (1911). General Catalogue of Dartmouth College and the Associated Schools 1769-1910. Concord, New Hampshire: Rumford Press. p. 392. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ Former Head Coach at Dartmouth and Wife Will Spend Honeymoon Seeing Big Football Games., The Boston Daily Globe, November 2, 1911.
  4. ^ The Dartmouth, Volume 30, p. 174, 1908.
  5. ^ 2008 Football Media Guide (PDF), p. 139, Dartmouth College, 2008.
  6. ^ Phi Beta Kappa Handbook and General Address Catalogue of the United Chapters, p. 89, c. 1904.
  7. ^ a b The Dartmouth, p. 322.
  8. ^ DARTMOUTH'S NEW COACHING STAFF; Randall, Tobin and Keady of Chelsea, Boston and Wakefield To Have Charge of 1910 Eleven, The Boston Daily Globe, January 19, 1910.
  9. ^ RESPECT FOR CARLISLE.; Dartmouth Preparing for Hard Game with Indians at Polo Grounds, The New York Times, November 11, 1913.
  10. ^ FISHER TACKLE, KEAYS AT GUARD; Important Change Made in Right Side of Harvard Line. Task of Beating Indians Is to be Left to Subs, It is Said., The Boston Daily Globe, November 8, 1911.
  11. ^ Dartmouth Drills in Snow, The New York Times, November 19, 1914.
  12. ^ William J. Randall, The New York Times, November 17, 1925.