William Alexander (coach)
Alexander from The 1944 Blue Print
June 6, 1889|
Mud River, Kentucky
April 23, 1950
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
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
- Coaching tree 3.1
Head coaching record 4
- Football 4.1
- References 5
- External links 6
"Old Aleck," as Alexander was called, succeeded John Heisman as the head coach at Georgia Tech in April 1920. Alexander had been an assistant coach for Heisman and a math teacher in the classroom at Georgia Tech. The Technique said of him:
|“||Since Coach Alex has taken charge there is a change in the team. The youngest coach in major football, he is probably the most popular, and bids fair to prove himself the peer of them all. Not only is Coach the idol of members of the team, but of the student body as well.||”|
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.
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.
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.
Coach Alexander found campus spirit to be particularly low during the
- Georgia Tech biography
- William Alexander at the College Football Hall of Fame
- William Alexander at the College Football Data Warehouse
- William Alexander as College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com
- William Alexander article on Buzzpedia
- "Early Georgia Tech Football" (PDF). College Football Historical Society 14 (1). November 2000.
- "Georgia Tech Football Team of 1911".
- "100 Years of Georgia Tech Football". gtalumni.org. Fall 1992. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
- "William Alexander Bio". ramblinwreck.com. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
- Georgia Institute of Technology, "1912 Blue Print"
- 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:
- W. A. Alexander (1926). "Forty-Five Yards for Georgia Tech" (PDF). Kansas City Star.
- Wallace, Robert (1969). Dress Her in WHITE and GOLD: A biography of Georgia Tech.
- "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.
- "What is the Ramblin' Reck Club?". Ramblin' Reck Club. Archived from the original on 2007-02-10. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
- "William A. Alexander". HickokSports.com. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
- "College football programs with most 100-win coaches". ajc.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
- "Alexander Memorial Coliseum". sports-venue.info. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
|Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1920–1921)|
|Southern Conference) (1922–1932)|
|1928||Georgia Tech||10–0||7–0||1st||W Rose|
|Southeastern Conference) (1933–1944)|
|1939||Georgia Tech||8–2||6–0||T–1st||W Orange||16|
|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|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|#Rankings from final AP Poll.|
Head coaching record
- Furman (1928–1931).
- Bobby Dodd: assistant for Georgia Tech (1931–1944), head coach for Georgia Tech (1945–1966)
- William & Mary (1921), assistant for Georgia Tech (1927–1928).
- Don Miller: assistant for Georgia Tech (1925–1928).
- Mack Tharpe: played for Georgia Tech (1926), assistant for Georgia Tech (1928–1941).
Alexander was succeeded as head coach by one of his assistants, 
 Alexander has the second most victories of any Tech football coach.