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For other football players called Bill Lewis, see Bill Lewis (disambiguation).
Bill Lewis
Sport(s)Football, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1941-08-05) August 5, 1941 (age 80)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Playing career
Position(s)Quarterback (football)
Pitcher, infielder (baseball)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
AFCA Coach of the Year (1991)

William J. "Bill" Lewis (born August 5, 1941) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Wyoming (1977–1979), East Carolina University (1989–1991), and the Georgia Institute of Technology (1992–1994), compiling a career college football record of 45–52–2. Lewis was a defensive assistant at many schools and most notably served as an assistant to Vince Dooley at the University of Georgia, helping win a National Championship in 1980.

Coaching career


Lewis was named the University of Wyoming's 22nd head football coach in December 1976 following the hiring of Fred Akers by the University of Texas at Austin to be the Longhorn's head coach. Lewis compiled a 13–21–1 (.386) win-loss record as Wyoming's coach through the 1977 to 1979 seasons. He was fired at the conclusion of the '79 season and replaced by Pat Dye. His largest margin of victory was 51–21 over the University of Texas at El Paso during the 1978 season. His worst loss as the Cowboy's head coach came against LSU the year before, 1977. The LSU Tigers pounced on Wyoming, 66–7, in Baton Rouge. He produced two noted NFL prospects, Ken Fantetti, a linebacker who went on to play for the Detroit Lions for seven years (1979–1985) and Guy Frazier another linebacker who played six years in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals (1981–1984) and the Buffalo Bills (1985–1986).

East Carolina

In his most successful head coaching position, Lewis lead the East Carolina Pirates to an 11–1 record and an amazing come from behind Peach Bowl victory over North Carolina State in 1991. The program had not had a winning season since 1983 before Lewis came there. Lewis served as head coach at East Carolina for three seasons (1989–1991) before departing for Georgia Tech. The 1991 Pirates finished the season with their highest national ranking, #9 in both the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll, and Lewis received 1991 National Coach-of-the-Year honors from the American Football Coaches Association, United Press International, and Scripps-Howard.

Georgia Tech

Bill Lewis assumed the head coaching position at Georgia Tech in 1991 following Bobby Ross's departure to coach the NFL's San Diego Chargers. Lewis held the position from 1992 until midway through the 1994 season; he resigned (though some reports say he was effectively fired) after a 1–7 start and was replaced by defensive coordinator George O'Leary, who coached the final three games of the season, all losses.

Notre Dame

From 2005 to 2007, Lewis served as the assistant head coach and defensive backs coach for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish under Charlie Weis.

Coaching tree

Assistants under Bill Lewis who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:

  • Steve Logan

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Wyoming Cowboys (Western Athletic Conference) (1977–1979)
1977 Wyoming 4–6–1 4–3 4th
1978 Wyoming 5–7 4–2 T–2nd
1979 Wyoming 4–8 2–5 7th
Wyoming: 13–21–1 10–10
East Carolina Pirates (NCAA Division I-A independent) (1989–1991)
1989 East Carolina 5–5–1
1990 East Carolina 5–6
1991 East Carolina 11–1 W Peach 9 9
East Carolina: 21–12–1
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1992–1994)
1992 Georgia Tech 5–6 4–4 T–4th
1993 Georgia Tech 5–6 3–5 6th
1994 Georgia Tech 1–7 0–6
Georgia Tech: 11–19 7–15
Total: 45–52–2
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


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