William Penn Bates

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William Penn Bates
1903 W. P. Bates Auburn football head coach.jpg
Bates at Auburn in 1903
Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1879-06-07)June 7, 1879
Providence, Rhode Island
Died March 2, 1956(1956-03-02) (aged 76)
Sarasota, Florida
Playing career
Football
1898–1901 Brown
Position(s) Fullback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1903 Auburn
1904–1905 Franklin & Marshall
Basketball
1903–1905 Franklin & Marshall
Baseball
1905–1906 Franklin & Marshall
Head coaching record
Overall 8–19 (football)
11–9 (basketball)
6–14–1 (baseball)

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.[1][2] 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.

Coaching career[edit]

After graduating from Brown in 1902, Bates was the head football coach for the 1903 Auburn Tigers football team. His team compiled a record of 4–3.[3]

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.[4] His coaching record at Franklin & Marshall was 4–16.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Auburn Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1903)
1903 Auburn 4–3 2–3 10th
Auburn: 4–3 2–3
Franklin & Marshall Diplomats (Independent) (1904–1905)
1904 Franklin & Marshall 0–10
1905 Franklin & Marshall 4–6
Franklin & Marshall: 4–16
Total: 8–19

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Dartmouth. Hanover, NH: The Dartmouth Press. 21 September 1900. p. 230. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Shafer, Ian. "Franklin & Marshall College (All seasons results)". College Football Reference. Retrieved April 9, 2011.