|Died||March 23, 1898 (aged 26)
Rochester, New York
|Position(s)||Tackle, end, halfback|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
McCauley was born in approximately 1871 and listed his home town as Stanley, New York. He attended preparatory school at Geneva Prep. He later attended Princeton University where he played for the Princeton Tigers football teams in 1892 and 1893 as a tackle, left end and halfback. He was six feet tall and 175 pounds while playing football at Princeton.
McCauley later enrolled at the University of Michigan as a medical student. While at Michigan, he served as the head coach of the 1894 and 1895 Michigan Wolverines football teams. He compiled a coaching record of 17–2–1, and his .875 winning percentage remains the second highest in the program's history. McCauley was a medical student at Michigan while he served as the coach of the football team. In his two seasons as head coach, the Wolverines lost only two games, once to Cornell and once to Harvard. In 1894, the Wolverines defeated Cornell, 12–4, the first time that a "western school" had beaten one of the established eastern football powers. He also served as an assistant coach for the 1896 Michigan football team.
Head coaching record
|Michigan Wolverines (Independent) (1894–1895)|
- "Statistics of the Yale and Princeton Football Teams". The Daily Princetonian. November 28, 1893.
- Frank Presbrey, James Hugh Moffatt (1901). Athletics at Princeton: A History. pp. 349–356.
- "1894 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
- "1895 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
- "University of Michigan Football Coaches: William L. McCauley". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
- "William L. M'Cauley". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. March 24, 1898. p. 11.
- "FOOTBALL: "Jerry" McCauley Dead". Detroit Free Press. March 31, 1898.