Bill MacDermott
Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
BornProvidence, Rhode Island
Playing career
Trinity
Position(s)Tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1966–1970
1971–1986
1987–1989
1990
1991–1992
1992
19921996
1997
1997–1998
19992006
2008
2010
2011
Wesleyan (asst.)
Wesleyan
Cal Poly (asst.)
Toronto Argonauts (asst.)
Orlando Thunder (OL)
Montreal Alouettes (asst.)
Edmonton Eskimos (OL)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (AHC)
San Diego Chargers (TE)
Edmonton Eskimos (OL)
Toronto Argonauts (OL)
Edmonton Huskies
Saskatchewan Roughriders (RB)
Head coaching record
Overall66–59–3

Bill MacDermott is an American football coach. He played college football at Trinity College. After graduating from Trinity, he spent the next 50 years as a football coach at the college and professional levels. He was the head football coach at Wesleyan University from 1971 to 1986 and has also held coaching positions with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the Orlando Thunder, San Diego Chargers, Montreal Alouettes, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos.

Biography[edit | edit source]

A native of Providence, Rhode Island, MacDermott graduated in 1960 from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.[1] He began his coaching career in 1961 at Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut. He spent six years as the football and wrestling coach at the Hopkins School.[1] From 1966 to 1970, he was an assistant football coach at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He was named Wesleyan's head football coach in December 1970 following the retirement of Don Russell.[1] He continued to hold that position through the 1986 season.[2] In 16 years as the head coach at Wesleyan, MacDermott compiled a record of 66–59–3.[3] His 66 wins rank him third among all head coaches in the history of the Wesleyan football program.[3] MacDermott also served as the wrestling coach at Wesleyan.

MacDermott has also been a football coach for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the Orlando Thunder (World League) and the San Diego Chargers (tight ends coach from 1997–1998). He later coached in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Alouettes, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos.[4][5] In 2010, he took over as the head coach of the Edmonton Huskies.

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