Bill Manlove

William B. Manlove Jr. (born February 5, 1933) is a former American football coach. He served as the head football coach at Widener University from 1969 to 1991, at Delaware Valley College from 1992 to 1995, and at La Salle University from 1997 to 2001, compiling a career college football coaching record of 212–111–1. Manlove led Widener to two NCAA Division III Football Championships, in 1977 and 1981. He served as president of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) in 1991. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

Bill Manlove
Biographical details
Born (1933-02-05) February 5, 1933 (age 88)
Barrington, New Jersey
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1957–1959Gloucester City JS (NJ) (assistant)
1960–1964Gloucester City JS (NJ)
1965–1966Oakcrest HS (NJ)
1967–1968Lafayette (assistant)
1969–1991PMC/Widener
1992–1995Delaware Valley
1997–2001La Salle
Head coaching record
Overall212–111–1 (college)
Tournaments9–5 (NCAA D-III playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
2 NCAA Division III (1977, 1981)
3 MAC (1984, 1987–1988)
7 MAC Southern Division (1975, 1977–1982)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2011 (profile)

Early lifeEdit

Manlove was born in Barrington, New Jersey, and graduated from Haddon Heights High School in 1951. After serving in the United States Army, he received a Bachelor of Science in education in 1958 and a master's degree in 1960 from Temple University.

Coaching careerEdit

Manlove was an assistant coach at Gloucester City Junior-Senior High School in Gloucester City, New Jersey from 1957 to 1959 and was head coach from 1960 to 1965. He was head coach at Oakcrest High School from 1965 to 1966. In 1967 and 1968 he was assistant coach at Lafayette College.

In 1969 Manlove began as head coach at Widener University, then called PMC Colleges. He had a 2–7 record the first season, but never had a losing season again at Widener. He accumulated a 182–53–1 record in 22 seasons and won two Division III national titles and 10 Middle Atlantic Conference titles. Manlove was named Division III Coach of the Year in 1977.

In 2006 and 2007 he coached the U.S. team in the Aztec Bowl, winning both games. In 2009 he was inducted into The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Head coaching recordEdit

CollegeEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Pennsylvania Military Cadets / Widener Pioneers (Middle Atlantic Conference) (1969–1991)
1969 Pennsylvania Military 2–7 1–5 10th (College–Southern)
1970 Pennsylvania Military 5–4 4–3 6th (Southern)
1971 Pennsylvania Military 7–3 4–3 T–6th (Southern)
1972 Widener 8–1 6–1 2nd (Southern)
1973 Widener 8–1 7–1 2nd (Southern)
1974 Widener 8–1 7–1 2nd (Southern)
1975 Widener 10–1 8–0 1st (Southern) L NCAA Division III Semifinal
1976 Widener 8–1 6–1 2nd (Southern)
1977 Widener 11–1 6–0 1st (Southern) W NCAA Division III Championship
1978 Widener 8–1 5–1 1st (Southern)
1979 Widener 10–1 8–0 1st (Southern) L NCAA Division III Semifinal
1980 Widener 11–1 8–0 1st (Southern) L NCAA Division III Semifinal
1981 Widener 13–0 8–0 1st (Southern) W NCAA Division III Championship
1982 Widener 9–2 7–1 1st (Southern) L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
1983 Widener 7–3 6–2 3rd
1984 Widener 8–3 7–1 1st
1985 Widener 7–3 6–3 T–3rd
1986 Widener 7–4 6–3 T–4th
1987 Widener 8–2 7–2 T–1st
1988 Widener 9–3 7–1 T–1st L NCAA Division III First Round
1989 Widener 8–2 6–2 T–3rd
1990 Widener 7–2–1 6–2 T–2nd
1991 Widener 3–7 2–6 8th
Pennsylvania Military / Widener: 182–54–1 138–39
Delaware Valley Aggies (Middle Atlantic Conference) (1992–1995)
1992 Delaware Valley 3–7 2–6 8th
1993 Delaware Valley 2–8 2–3 4th (Freedom)
1994 Delaware Valley 2–7 1–3 T–4th (Freedom)
1995 Delaware Valley 3–7 1–3 T–4th (Freedom)
Delaware Valley: 10–29 6–15
La Salle Explorers (NCAA Division I-AA independent) (1997–1998)
1997 La Salle 1–8
1998 La Salle 3–6
La Salle Explorers (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (1999–2001)
1999 La Salle 4–6 3–4 T–5th
2000 La Salle 7–4 4–3 4th
2001 La Salle 5–4 2–4 T–5th
La Salle: 20–28 9–11
Total: 212–111–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

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