Bill Russo (American football)

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Bill Russo
Biographical details
Born (1947-06-19) June 19, 1947 (age 72)
Alma materBrown University
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1969–1977Brown (assistant)
1978–1980Wagner
1981–1999Lafayette
Head coaching record
Overall118–113–4
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
3 Patriot (1988, 1992, 1994)
Awards
Eddie Robinson Award (1988)
ECAC Coach of the Year (1981)
AFCA Kodak Coach of the Year (1981)

Bill Russo (born June 19, 1947) is a former American football coach. He served as the head football at for Wagner College from 1978 to 1980 and at Lafayette College from 1981 to 1999. In 23 seasons as a head coach, Russo compiled a 118–113–4 overall record.[1] In 1988, 1992 and 1994 Russo coached the Lafayette Leopards to outright Patriot League conference titles. Russo received the Eddie Robinson Award in 1988, which is given annually to the nation's top coach in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA). Russo's 103 wins at Lafayette are the most of any head coach in the program's history.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs NCAA#
Wagner Seahawks (NCAA Division III independent) (1978–1980)
1978 Wagner 2–8
1979 Wagner 5–5
1980 Wagner 8–2
Wagner: 15–15
Lafayette Leopards (NCAA Division I-AA independent) (1981–1985)
1981 Lafayette 9–2 8
1982 Lafayette 7–3 20
1983 Lafayette 6–5
1984 Lafayette 5–5
1985 Lafayette 6–5
Lafayette Leopards (Patriot League) (1986–1999)
1986 Lafayette 6–5 2–2 T–2nd
1987 Lafayette 4–7 2–3 4th
1988 Lafayette 8–2–1 5–0 1st
1989 Lafayette 5–5 2–2 T–2nd
1990 Lafayette 4–7 1–4 5th
1991 Lafayette 6–5 3–2 T–2nd
1992 Lafayette 8–3 5–0 1st
1993 Lafayette 5–4–2 3–1–1 2nd
1994 Lafayette 5–6 5–0 1st
1995 Lafayette 4–6–1 3–2 3rd
1996 Lafayette 5–5 2–2 4th
1997 Lafayette 3–8 2–4 T–4th
1998 Lafayette 3–8 3–3 T–3rd
1999 Lafayette 4–7 2–4 T–5th
Lafayette: 103–98–4 40–29–1
Total: 118–113–4
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth
  • #Rankings from final NCAA Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ DeLassus, David. "Bill Russo Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 12, 2010.