William C. Heiss

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William C. Heiss
William C. Heiss, c. 1947, senior at the University of Illinois.jpg
Heiss, senior year, University of Illinois, c. 1947
Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball, tennis, wrestling
Biographical details
Born c. 1923 (age 93–94)
Playing career
1944–1946 Illinois
Position(s) End, fullback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1947 Detroit (ends/freshmen)
1948–1949 Adams State
1950 St. Cloud State
1951–1953 Colorado College
1954 Iowa State (assistant)
1955–1958 Denver (ends)
1963–1965 Northern Colorado
1947–1948 Detroit (freshmen)
1951–1952 Colorado College
1955–1959 Denver
Head coaching record
Overall 40–34–5 (football)
2–14 (basketball)
70–61–1 (baseball)
Accomplishments and honors
1 Skyline (1957)

William C. "Bill" Heiss, Jr. (born c. 1923) is a former American football player and coach of multiple sports. He served as the head football coach at Adams State College (1948–1949), St. Cloud State University (1950), Colorado College (1951–1953), and the University of Northern Colorado (1963–1965), compiling a career college football record of 40–34–5. Heiss was also the head basketball coach at Colorado College for one season in 1951–52, tallying a mark of 2–14, and the head baseball coach at the University of Denver from 1955 to 1959, amassing a record of 70–61–1. His 1957 baseball team won the Skyline Conference championship. Heiss played college football at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in the mid-1940s.

Early life and playing career[edit]

Heiss on the University of Illinois football field, c. 1947

Heiss attended West Aurora High School in Aurora, Illinois. He then played football at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, primarily as an end, from 1944 to 1946. The 1946 Illinois team won the Big Ten Conference championship, with Heiss leading the team in pass receptions on offense and interceptions on defense. On October 26 of that season, Illinois visited Michigan in Ann Arbor for a game that ultimately decided the conference title. With the Illini trailing 7–0 in the first half, Heiss caught a 30-yard pass from Perry Moss, advancing to the Michigan 16-yard line and setting up a touchdown by Paul Patterson that tied the score going into halftime. Illinois won the game, 13–9.[1] The Illini finished the season at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 1947, beating UCLA, 45–14.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

University of Detroit[edit]

Heiss was an assistant football coach and freshman basketball coach at the University of Detroit in 1947–48.

Adams State[edit]

Heiss was the fifth head football coach at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado and he held that position for two seasons, from 1948 until 1949, winning the New Mexico conference in 1949. His coaching record at Adams State was 11 wins, 5 losses, and 1 tie. As of the conclusion of the 2007 season, this ranks him tenth at Adams State in total wins and fifth at Adams State in winning percentage (.676).[3]

St. Cloud State[edit]

During 1950–51, Heiss was the head football, wrestling, and tennis coach at St. Cloud State Teachers College. He won conference and AAU championships in wrestling.

Colorado College[edit]

From 1951 to 1953, Heiss was the head football coach at Colorado College.

Iowa State[edit]

Heiss was an assistant football coach at Iowa State University in 1954.

Denver University[edit]

From 1955 to 1959, Heiss was an assistant football coach and head baseball coach at the University of Denver. In March 1958, he interviewed for the head football coaching position at Montana State University.[4]

1969 Northern Colorado tennis team; the team's record was 15–5; they won the conference championships and went to Division II Nationals; pictured: back row, left to right: Heiss, Mitch Friedfeld, Clive Grant, Steve Williams, Allen Kiel, Vic Moore; front row, left to right: Dick Salzenstein, Dave Eaton, unknown, unknown, unknown;

Northern Colorado[edit]

Heiss coached at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado for three seasons, from 1963 through 1965. At Northern Colorado, his teams posted a total record of 12 wins, 14 losses, and 2 ties.[5] A rarity occurred in the 1964 season when the opposing team, Northern Arizona, forfeited the game on December 10, 1964.[6] From 1965 to 1981, Heiss was the head tennis coach at Northern Colorado. He twice won the school's Coach of the Year award.


  1. ^ "Illinois Tops Michigan, 13 to 9; Long Dashes Do the Trick for Winners". The Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. October 26, 1946. Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ "BRUINS BOW, 45-14, TO BIG NINE TEAM; Young Paces Brilliant Attack of Illinois as U. C. L. A. Is Overcome at Pasadena". The New York Times. United Press. January 2, 1947. Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Adams State Grizzlies all-time coaching records
  4. ^ "Interviews Start for Job at MSU". The Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. March 8, 1958. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ College Football Data Warehouse William C "Bill" Heiss Records by Year
  6. ^ College Football Data Warehouse William C. "Bill" Heiss 1964 Season Results

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