William T. Van de Graaff

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William T. Van de Graaff
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1895-10-25)October 25, 1895
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Died April 26, 1977(1977-04-26) (aged 81)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Alma mater University of Alabama
Playing career
1913–1915 Alabama
Position(s) Tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1921–1926 Alabama (assistant)
1926–1939 Colorado College
Head coaching record
Overall 49–47–6
Accomplishments and honors
2 National (1925, 1926)
All-American, 1915
2x All-Southern (1914, 1915)
Associated Press Southeast Area All-Time football team 1869-1919 era.

William Travis "Bully" Van de Graaff (October 25, 1895 – April 26, 1977) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He attended Tuscaloosa High School.[1] He played college football at the University of Alabama, where he was selected as an All-American in 1915, Alabama's first. He was 6'1" 187 pounds. "Bully" was placed on an Associated Press Southeast Area All-Time football team 1869-1919 era.[2] Van de Graaff served as the head football coach at Colorado College from 1926 to 1939, compiling a record of 49–47–6.[3] He coached hall of famer Dutch Clark. He died in Colorado Springs, Colorado on April 26, 1977 at the age of 81.[4] He was the older brother of physicist Robert J. Van de Graaff, the designer of the Van de Graaff generator which produces high voltages. Bully's two older brothers, Hargrove and Adrian, were also Alabama football players.


  1. ^ "THS Claimed 1926 National Grid Title". The Tuscaloosa News. April 25, 1969. 
  2. ^ "All-Time Football Team Lists Greats Of Past, Present". Gadsden Times. July 27, 1969. 
  3. ^ "Colorado College Football History". Colorado College Athletics. April 18, 2008. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ "W.T. Van de Graaf". The Tuscaloosa News. April 28, 1977. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 

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