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Franklin Gene Bissell (April 12, 1926 – January 28, 2016) was an American football player and coach.[1] 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.

Franklin Gene Bissell
Biographical details
Born(1926-04-12)April 12, 1926
Akron, Ohio
DiedJanuary 28, 2016(2016-01-28) (aged 89)
Salina, Kansas
Playing career
1948Heidelberg
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1950–1951Kansas Wesleyan (assistant)
1952–1961Kansas Wesleyan
1963–1978Kansas Wesleyan
Head coaching record
Overall116–119–7
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
4 KCAC (1956–1957, 1969, 1971)
Awards
NAIA Hall of Fame (1991)

Playing careerEdit

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.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

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.[3] He died on January 28, 2016 at the age of 89.[4]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1952–1961)
1952 Kansas Wesleyan 5–4 2–4
1953 Kansas Wesleyan 3–5–1 3–3–1
1954 Kansas Wesleyan 5–3–1 4–2–1
1955 Kansas Wesleyan 6–3 5–2
1956 Kansas Wesleyan 8–1 7–0 1st
1957 Kansas Wesleyan 8–1 6–1 1st
1958 Kansas Wesleyan 4–4–1 3–4
1959 Kansas Wesleyan 3–5–1
1960 Kansas Wesleyan 4–4–1 4–4–1
1961 Kansas Wesleyan 5–4 5–4
Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1963–1978)
1963 Kansas Wesleyan 3–6 3–6
1964 Kansas Wesleyan 3–6 3–6
1965 Kansas Wesleyan 3–6 3–6
1966 Kansas Wesleyan 2–7 2–7
1967 Kansas Wesleyan 6–3 6–3
1968 Kansas Wesleyan 7–2 7–2
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)
1971 Kansas Wesleyan 8–1 8–0 1st
1972 Kansas Wesleyan 3–5–1 3–4–1
1973 Kansas Wesleyan 2–8 1–7
1974 Kansas Wesleyan 2–8 2–6
1975 Kansas Wesleyan 5–5 5–3
1976 Kansas Wesleyan 3–7 2–6
1977 Kansas Wesleyan 2–7–1 2–5–1
1978 Kansas Wesleyan 1–9 1–7
Kansas Wesleyan: 116–119–7
Total: 116–119–7
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cook, R.C. (1959). Who's who in American Education: A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Living Educators of the United States. 19. Who's Who in American Education. ISSN 0083-9418. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "Dr. Franklin Bissell (bio)". Heidelberg College. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  3. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Archived October 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes coaching records
  4. ^ "Longtime beloved coach Gene Bissell has died at age 89". Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. January 29, 2016. Retrieved January 29, 2016.

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