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William Alexander (coach)


William Alexander (coach)

William Alexander
Alexander from The 1944 Blue Print
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born (1889-06-06)June 6, 1889
Mud River, Kentucky
Died April 23, 1950(1950-04-23) (aged 60)
Atlanta, Georgia
Playing career
1911–1912 Georgia Tech
Position(s) End,[1] quarterback[2]
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1920–1944 Georgia Tech
1919–1924 Georgia Tech
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1920–1950 Georgia Tech
Head coaching record
Overall 134–95–15 (football)
36–38 (basketball)
Bowls 3–2
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
1 National (1928)
2 SIAA (1920–1921)
3 SoCon (1922, 1927–1928)
3 SEC (1939, 1943–1944)
AFCA Coach of the Year (1942)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (1947)
SEC Coach of the Year (1939)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1951 (profile)

William Anderson Alexander (June 6, 1889 – April 23, 1950) was an College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1951.


  • Player 1
  • Coach 2
  • Legacy 3
    • Coaching tree 3.1
  • Head coaching record 4
    • Football 4.1
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Alexander played football under civil engineering. Valedictorian of his class, he was also a brother of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.[5][6]


"Old Aleck," as Alexander was called, succeeded John Heisman as the head coach at Georgia Tech in April 1920.[6] Alexander had been an assistant coach for Heisman and a math teacher in the classroom at Georgia Tech.[3] The Technique said of him:[6]

As a new coach, he led Georgia Tech to three Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles (1920, 1921, 1922) and its second national championship in 1928. Alexander was the first college football coach to place his teams in the four major post-season bowl games of the time: Sugar, Cotton, Orange and Rose. His teams won three of the four bowls.[3]

Describing the most spectacular play he ever saw, he cites one from the 1925 game against Vanderbilt. Star back 1928 college football season. It was Tech's second national title in 11 years.[8][9]

During the previous season, Alexander instituted "the Plan." Tech and UGA had just renewed their annual rivalry game in 1925 after an eight-year hiatus. Georgia was highly rated to start the 1927 season and justified their rating throughout the season going 9–0 in their first 9 games. Alexander's plan was to minimize injuries by benching his starters early no matter the score of every game before the UGA finale. On December 3, 1927, UGA rolled into Atlanta on the cusp of a National Title. Tech's well rested starters shut out the Bulldogs 12–0 and ended any chance of UGA's first National Title.[8]

Coach Alexander found campus spirit to be particularly low during the

External links

  1. ^ "Early Georgia Tech Football" (PDF). College Football Historical Society 14 (1). November 2000. 
  2. ^ "Georgia Tech Football Team of 1911". 
  3. ^ a b c d "100 Years of Georgia Tech Football". Fall 1992. Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  4. ^ a b "William Alexander Bio". Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  5. ^ Georgia Institute of Technology, "1912 Blue Print"
  6. ^ a b c McMath, Robert C.; Ronald H. Bayor; James E. Britain; Lawrence Foster; August W. Giebelhaus; Germaine M. Reed. Engineering the New South: Georgia Tech 1885-1985. Athens, GA:  
  7. ^ W. A. Alexander (1926). "Forty-Five Yards for Georgia Tech" (PDF). Kansas City Star. 
  8. ^ a b Wallace, Robert (1969). Dress Her in WHITE and GOLD: A biography of Georgia Tech.  
  9. ^ "Wrong Way Reigels". Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine (Georgia Tech Alumni Association). Spring 1998. Archived from the original on December 27, 2005. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  10. ^ "What is the Ramblin' Reck Club?". Ramblin' Reck Club. Archived from the original on 2007-02-10. Retrieved 2007-08-09. 
  11. ^ "William A. Alexander". Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "College football programs with most 100-win coaches". May 24, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Alexander Memorial Coliseum". Retrieved June 2, 2013. 


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1920–1921)
1920 Georgia Tech 8–1 5–0 T–1st
1921 Georgia Tech 8–1 5–0 T–1st
Southern Conference) (1922–1932)
1922 Georgia Tech 7–2 4–0 1st
1923 Georgia Tech 3–2–4 0–0–4 T–11th
1924 Georgia Tech 5–3–1 3–2–1 10th
1925 Georgia Tech 6–2–1 4–1–1 T–5th
1926 Georgia Tech 4–5 4–3 9th
1927 Georgia Tech 8–1–1 7–0–1 T–1st
1928 Georgia Tech 10–0 7–0 1st W Rose
1929 Georgia Tech 3–6 3–5 14th
1930 Georgia Tech 2–6–1 2–4–1 15th
1931 Georgia Tech 2–7–1 2–4–1 16th
1932 Georgia Tech 4–5–1 4–4–1 T–10th
Southeastern Conference) (1933–1944)
1933 Georgia Tech 5–5 2–5 10th
1934 Georgia Tech 1–9 0–6 12th
1935 Georgia Tech 5–5 3–4 8th
1936 Georgia Tech 5–5–1 3–3–1 T–6th
1937 Georgia Tech 6–3–1 3–2–1 6th
1938 Georgia Tech 3–4–3 2–1–3 5th
1939 Georgia Tech 8–2 6–0 T–1st W Orange 16
1940 Georgia Tech 3–7 1–5 11th
1941 Georgia Tech 3–6 2–4 9th
1942 Georgia Tech 9–2 4–1 T–2nd L Cotton 5
1943 Georgia Tech 8–3 3–0 1st W Sugar 13
1944 Georgia Tech 8–3 4–0 1st L Orange 13
Georgia Tech: 134–95–15 83–54–15
Total: 134–95–15
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final AP Poll.


Head coaching record

  1. Furman (1928–1931).
  2. Bobby Dodd: assistant for Georgia Tech (1931–1944), head coach for Georgia Tech (1945–1966)
  3. William & Mary (1921), assistant for Georgia Tech (1927–1928).
  4. Don Miller: assistant for Georgia Tech (1925–1928).
  5. Mack Tharpe: played for Georgia Tech (1926), assistant for Georgia Tech (1928–1941).

Coaching tree

[13] The

Alexander was succeeded as head coach by one of his assistants, [3][12]


[12] Alexander has the second most victories of any Tech football coach.[11]

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