William Penn Bates
Bates at Auburn in 1903
|Sport(s)||Football, basketball, baseball|
June 7, 1879|
Providence, Rhode Island
|Died||March 2, 1956
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1904–1905||Franklin & Marshall|
|1903–1905||Franklin & Marshall|
|1905–1906||Franklin & Marshall|
|Head coaching record|
William Penn "Billy" Bates (June 7, 1879 – March 2, 1956) was an American football player and coach of football, basketball, and baseball. He played college football as a fullback at Brown University for four years, including as team captain in 1901. Bates served as the head football coach at Auburn University in 1903 and at Franklin & Marshall College from 1904 to 1905, compiling a career coaching record of 8–19. Bates was also the head basketball coach at Franklin & Marshall from 1903 to 1905, tallying a mark of 11–9, and the head baseball coach at the school from 1905 to 1906, notching a record of 6–14–1.
The following year, he became the head football coach at Franklin & Marshall College located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He held that position for the 1904 and 1905 seasons. His coaching record at Franklin & Marshall was 4–16.
Head coaching record
|Auburn Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1903)|
|Franklin & Marshall Diplomats (Independent) (1904–1905)|
|1904||Franklin & Marshall||0–10|
|1905||Franklin & Marshall||4–6|
|Franklin & Marshall:||4–16|
- The Dartmouth. Hanover, NH: The Dartmouth Press. 21 September 1900. p. 230. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- Thacher Howland Guild; Walter Louis Frost; Robert Irving Steere; John Boyden Eaton; James Duncan McLeod; Michael John Linden; Howard Hiram Tucker; Stewart Baker McLeod; Edward Farnham Greene; Arthur Ogden Clift; John Packard Gray; Earnest Palmer Carr; Henry Cleaves Sullivan, eds. (1901). "Liber Brunensis" (Annual). Springfield, MA: Brown University. p. 215. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- George Dunglinson, Jr.; John McDuffie, Jr.; W. M. Wilson; A. W. Merkel; H. McDonnell; W. H. McEniry; A. G. Jones; W. M. Shepard, eds. (1904). "Glomerata" (Annual). Auburn, AL: Alabama Polytechnic Institute. p. 175. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- Shafer, Ian. "Franklin & Marshall College (All seasons results)". College Football Reference. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
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