For the American basketball player and coach, see Bob Cope (basketball).
Bob Cope
Cope circa 1970s
Biographical details
Born(1936-11-06)November 6, 1936
DiedAugust 3, 1997(1997-08-03) (aged 60)
Manhattan, Kansas
Head coaching record

Bob Cope (November 6, 1936 – August 3, 1997) was an American football coach. In a 32-year career, he served as assistant coach at Vanderbilt, SMU, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Purdue, Pacific, USC, Baylor, and Kansas State. During his career, he coached 23 nationally ranked defenses and participated in eight bowl games.

A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, he played college football at Carson–Newman College, and was induced posthumously into the Carson–Newman Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.[1]

Cope was an assistant coach at University of Pacific for Chester Caddas in the early 1970s. His only stint as head coach came at Pacific (1983–1988), where he had a 22–46 record.[2]

Cope was diagnosed with cancer in September 1996. He died at Mercy Health Center in Manhattan, Kansas.[3]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Pacific Tigers (Pacific Coast Athletic Association / Big West Conference) (1983–1988)
1983 Pacific 3–9 1–5 7th
1984 Pacific 4–7 2–5 6th
1985 Pacific 5–7 2–5 7th
1986 Pacific 4–7 2–5 T–6th
1987 Pacific 4–7 3–4 6th
1988 Pacific 2–9 2–5 7th
Pacific: 22–46 12–29
Total: 22–46
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

Coaching treeEdit

Assistant coaches under Bob Cope who became NCAA/NFL head coaches:


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