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Bill Armstrong
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Biographical details
Born(1873-07-16)July 16, 1873
Saybrook, Connecticut
DiedAugust 4, 1938(1938-08-04) (aged 65)
Hampton, Virginia
Head coaching record

Richard "Bill" Armstrong (July 16, 1873 – August 4, 1938) was the seventh head college football coach for the United States Naval Academy Midshipmen located in Annapolis, Maryland and he held that position for three seasons, from 1897 until 1899. His coaching record at United States Naval Academy was 20 wins, 5 losses, and 0 ties.[1][2] He was born in Connecticut in 1873.[3]

Armstrong was also a head coach for the College of William & Mary's football team. He coached one season (1896) and recorded an 0–2 record. He concluded his coaching career at Hampton University in 1912 when he coached for one season and finished with a 4–1 record.

He married Rosa Fairfax Lee in Hampton on April 21, 1906. He later worked in the oyster growing, farming and real estate professions. He died at Hampton in 1938.[4][5]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
William & Mary Orange and White (Independent) (1896)
1896 William & Mary 0–2
William & Mary: 0–2
Navy Midshipmen (Independent) (1897–1899)
1897 Navy 8–1
1898 Navy 7–1
1899 Navy 5–3
Navy: 20–5
Hampton Pirates (Independent) (1912)
1912 Hampton 4–1
Hampton: 4–1
Total: 24–8
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. Navy Midshipmen football coaching records Archived December 14, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  2. Fife, G.B. (1920). The Passing Legions: How the American Red Cross Met the American Army in Great Britain, the Gateway to France. Macmillan. p. 252. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  3. Yale University. Sheffield Scientific School. Class of 1895; Parsons, W.U. (1912). Quindecennial Record of the Class of 1895 Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University. Class Secretaries Bureau through the Yale University Press. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  4. "ARMSTRONG in Hawaii (Genealogical Query by JRD)". Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  5. Yale University. Alumni University Fund Association (1938). Annual Report. The Association. Retrieved March 8, 2017.

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