Bill Fetzer
File:William M Fetzer.jpg
Pictured in Quips and Cranks 1917, Davidson yearbook
Sport(s)Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
BornJune 24, 1884
Concord, North Carolina
DiedMay 3, 1959(1959-05-03) (aged 74)
Franklin, North Carolina
Playing career
1905–1906Davidson (baseball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)



NC State
North Carolina


NC State
North Carolina
Head coaching record
Overall61–28–7 (football)
18–11 (basketball)
128–75–5 (baseball)
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
1 SoCon (1922)

William McKinnon Fetzer (June 24, 1884 – May 3, 1959), also commonly known as Bill and Willy, was an American football, basketball, and baseball coach. He served as the head football coach at Davidson College (1915–1918), North Carolina State University (1919–1920), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1921–1925), compiling a career college football record of 61–28–7. Fetzer also was the head basketball coach at Davidson for two seasons, from 1916 to 1918, tallying a mark of 18–11. In addition, he coached baseball at Davidson (1915–1919), NC State (1920), and North Carolina (1921–1925), amassing a career college baseball record of 128–75–5.

Baseball career Edit

Fetzer was also a professional baseball player. He made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut on September 4, 1906 as a pinch hitter for the Philadelphia Athletics. In his lone at bat Fetzer failed to record a hit. This would be his only major league game, although he continued to play in the minor leagues, primarily as an outfielder, until 1910. He threw with his left hand and hit with his right. Prior to this professional career, Fetzer played collegiately at Davidson College.

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Davidson Wildcats (Independent) (1915–1918)
1915 Davidson 4–3–1
1916 Davidson 5–3–1
1917 Davidson 6–4
1918 Davidson 2–1–1
Davidson: 17–11–3
NC State Aggies (South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1919–1920)
1919 NC State 7–2
1920 NC State 7–3
NC State: 14–5
North Carolina Tar Heels (Southern Conference) (1921–1925)
1921 North Carolina 5–2–2 2–1 5th
1922 North Carolina 9–1 5–0 T–1st
1923 North Carolina 5–3–1 2–1–1 8th
1924 North Carolina 4–5 2–3 T–14th
1925 North Carolina 7–1–1 4–0–1 3rd
North Carolina: 30–12–4 15–5–2
Total: 61–28–7


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