William Alexander (coach)

American football coach, born 1889

William A. Alexander (June 6, 1889 – April 23, 1950) was the third head football coach at Georgia Tech. Alexander graduated from Georgia Tech in 1912 as valedictorian of his class.[1] Alexander became head coach after John Heisman retired in April 1920.[1]

William Alexander
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Alexander from The 1944 Blue Print
Biographical details
Born(1889-06-06)June 6, 1889
Mud River, Kentucky
DiedApril 23, 1950(1950-04-23) (aged 60)
Atlanta, Georgia
Head coaching record
Overall134–95–15 (football)
36–38 (basketball)
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)

As coach, he led Georgia Tech to three SIAA titles (1920, 1921, 1922) and its second national championship in 1928. In 1944 he retired from coaching. He was replaced by Bobby Dodd who was one of his assistant coaches. The Alexander Memorial Coliseum at Georgia Tech is named after him.


  1. 1.0 1.1 McMath, Robert C. Engineering the New South: Georgia Tech 1885-1985. Ronald H. Bayor, James E. Britain, Lawrence Foster, August W. Giebelhaus, and Germaine M. Reed. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press. p. 140.

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