Wilfred C. Bleamaster
W C Bleamaster.jpg
Gem of the Mountains 1918,
Idaho yearbook (spring 1917)
Sport(s)Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born(1881-06-08)June 8, 1881
Lyons, Iowa
DiedDecember 19, 1973(1973-12-19) (aged 92)
Santa Clara, California
Alma materGrinnell College, B.S. 1908
Head coaching record
Overall28–27–5 (football)
28–29 (basketball)
Accomplishments and honors
2 MIAA (1912, 1915)

1 Pacific Northwest Intercollegiate Conference (1919)

Wilfred Charles Bleamaster (June 8, 1881 – December 19, 1973) was an American football and basketball coach. He served as the head football coach at Carroll College—now Carroll University—in Waukesha, Wisconsin from 1909 to 1911, at Alma College from 1912 to 1915, and at the University of Idaho from 1916 to 1917, compiling a career college football record of 28–27–5. Bleamaster was also the head basketball coach at Alma from 1912 to 1916 and at Idaho for the 1918–19 season, tallying a career college basketball mark of 28–29.

Bleamaster was captain of the football team at Grinnell College in Iowa and graduated in 1908.[1][2]

Coaching careerEdit


Bleamaster the eighth head football coach for the Carroll College located in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and he held that position for three seasons, from 1909 until 1911. His coaching record at Carroll was 12–6–2.


Bleamaster was the head football coach at Alma College in Alma, Michigan for four seasons (1912–1915),[3] and compiled a record of 11–13–3.[4]


Bleamaster went west in 1916 to the University of Idaho in Moscow to become its eighth head football coach and the athletic director.[2] He coached the Idaho Vandals for the 1916 and 1917 seasons, and his teams posted a record of 5–8 in two seasons.[5] Idaho did not field a football team in 1918, but Bleamaster succeeded Hec Edmundson as head coach of the basketball team for one season. He led Idaho to a 10–2 record and a championship in the Pacific Northwest Intercollegiate Conference in 1919,[6] and also led the baseball program for three seasons.[7]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Carroll Pioneers () (1909–1911)
1909 Carroll 6–0
1910 Carroll 3–2–1
1911 Carroll 3–4–1
Carroll: 12–6–2
Alma Scots (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1912–1915)
1912 Alma 6–1 3–0 1st
1913 Alma 3–4 3–1
1914 Alma 1–5–1 0–1–2
1915 Alma 1–3–2 1–0–2 T–1st
Alma: 11–13–3 7–2–2
Idaho (Pacific Northwest Intercollegiate Conference) (1916–1917)
1916 Idaho 3–5
1917 Idaho 2–3
Idaho: 5–8
Total: 28–27–5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


External linksEdit

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.