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Jack Bicknell

Jack Bicknell
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1938-02-20) February 20, 1938
Playing career
1959 Montclair State
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
196?–1967 Governor Livingston HS (NJ)
1968–1975 Boston College (backfield)
1976–1980 Maine
1981–1990 Boston College
1991–2003 Barcelona Dragons
2004 Scottish Claymores
2005–2007 Hamburg Sea Devils
Head coaching record
Overall 77–90–2 (college)
71–74–1 (WLAF/NFL Europe)
28–6–2 (high school)
College Football Data Warehouse

Jack Bicknell (born February 20, 1938) is a retired American football coach, most recently known for his long involvement in NFL Europa and its predecessor, the World League of American Football (WLAF). He served as the head football coach at the University of Maine from 1976 to 1980 and at Boston College from 1981 to 1988, compiling a career college football record of 77–90–2. In 1984, Bicknell coached his Boston College Eagles team to a 10–2 mark including a victory in the Cotton Bowl Classic. His quarterback that season, Doug Flutie, was awarded the Heisman Trophy.

Coaching career


Bicknell was the head football coach at the University of Maine from 1976 to 1980, earning an 18–35–1 win-loss record. After that, he went to coach at Boston College, where he stayed for ten years. At Boston College, he was 59–55–1, and was head coach in 1984 when Heisman Trophy-winner Doug Flutie completed his famous Hail Mary pass to Gerard Phelan to beat the Miami Hurricanes as time expired. Bicknell son, Jack Jr., was the Center (American football) for BC at the time of Flutie's miracle pass.

NFL Europe

Bicknell was named the head coach of the Barcelona Dragons at their inception in 1991, and served there until October 2003, when he was named head coach of the Scottish Claymores. He has an overall record of 59–55 in his NFL Europe career. Bicknell has made four World Bowl appearances, and has been to three title games in the past six years. In 1991, he led the Barcelona Dragons to an 8–2 mark and a berth in the first World Bowl. In 1997, his Dragons won the first half of the season and went on to win World Bowl '97 in Barcelona. In 1999, the Dragons posted a league-best 7–3 mark before losing to Frankfurt in the World Bowl. Also posted a league-best 8–2 record in 2001 before losing World Bowl IX to the Berlin Thunder in Amsterdam.

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