Former Western Reserve Coach Edwards Named among ESPN’s 150 Greatest Coaches in College Football History

Former Western Reserve football head coach Bill Edwards

Former Western Reserve University Head Football Coach Bill Edwards was named to ESPN's list of the 150 Greatest Coaches in College Football History, which was selected to recognize the 150-year history of college football.

Edwards became head football coach at Western Reserve in 1935.  In six seasons, he recorded 49 wins, six losses and two ties, culminating in a 26-13 victory in the 1941 Sun Bowl against Arizona State.  The following year, Edwards became Head Coach of the Detroit Lions, and was later an assistant to Paul Brown with the Cleveland Browns in 1947 and 1948.  He was lured back to the college ranks as the head coach at Vanderbilt for four years and finished his career at Wittenberg with 14-consecutive winning seasons.  In 35 years as a collegiate coach, he compiled a 168-45-8 record, and was twice named as 'Coach of the Year' (1962 and 1963) by the American Football Coaches Association.

Edwards was inducted into the Spartan Club Hall of Fame in 1979, as a part of the fourth class of inductees.

The ESPN paragraph on Edwards reads as follows:

"Sports Illustrated once described him as a cross between Santa Claus and Genghis Khan. But you can call him a College Football Hall of Fame coach who led his teams to unbeaten seasons six times and won two national titles at Wittenberg (1962 and 1964)."

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