Franklin Gene Bissell
Franklin Gene Bissell (April 12, 1926 – January 28, 2016) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Kansas Wesleyan University from 1952 to 1961 and again from 1963 to 1978, compiling a record of 116–119–7.
|Born||April 12, 1926|
|Died||January 28, 2016 (aged 89)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1950–1951||Kansas Wesleyan (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|4 KCAC (1956–1957, 1969, 1971)|
|NAIA Hall of Fame (1991)|
Bissell entered Heidelberg College and graduated after three years. While at Heidelberg, he was played defensive tackle and also was a punter under head coach Paul Hoernemann. Bissell started for three-years and was co-captain of the undefeated 1948 Ohio Athletic Conference championship team. Bissell also lettered in basketball two years and pitched for the baseball squad.
A graduate of Heidelberg College, Bissell started his career at Kansas Wesleyan University as an assistant football coach in 1950. In 1952, he was named the 13th head football coach for the Kansas Wesleyan University Coyotes located in Salina, Kansas, and he held that position until 1978, covering 26 seasons. He also coached track and was an assistant basketball coach, in addition to teaching a full academic schedule. His record as the head football coach at Kansas Wesleyan was 116–119–7. His Coyotes won four KCAC championships. As of the conclusion of the 2013 season, he was ranked first at Kansas Wesleyan in total wins. He died on January 28, 2016 at the age of 89.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1952–1961)|
|Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1963–1978)|
|1969||Kansas Wesleyan||8–2||5–0 (KCAC North)||KWU def. Sterling 34-21 KCAC Championship Game|
|1970||Kansas Wesleyan||7–2||3–2 (KCAC North)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
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- "Dr. Franklin Bissell (bio)". Heidelberg College. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
- College Football Data Warehouse Archived October 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes coaching records
- "Longtime beloved coach Gene Bissell has died at age 89". Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. January 29, 2016. Retrieved January 29, 2016.