Willis Kienholz
File:William S Kienholz.jpg
Kienholz pictured in The Chinook 1911, Washington State yearbook
Biographical details
Born(1875-10-22)October 22, 1875
Kasson, Minnesota
DiedSeptember 20, 1958(1958-09-20) (aged 82)
Seattle, Washington
Playing career
Position(s)Halfback, quarterback
Head coaching record
Overall22–9–5 (excluding Lombard)

William Simmian "Willis" Kienholz (October 10, 1875 – September 20, 1958) was an American football player and coach. He served one-year stints as the head coach at six different colleges: Lombard College in Galesburg, Illinois (1903), North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts—now North Carolina State University (1904), the University of Colorado at Boulder (1905), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1906), Auburn University (1907), and Washington State University (1909). Kienholz played football at the University of Minnesota in 1898 and 1899.

Coaching careerEdit

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In 1902, Kienholz was an assistant football coach as his alma mater, Minnesota, working under head coach Henry L. Williams. The next year he was the head football coach at Lombard College in Galesburg, Illinois, leading his team to a championship of Illinois colleges.[1]

In 1904, Kienholz coached at North Carolina A&M, and compiled a 3–1–2 record. In 1905, he coached at Colorado, and compiled an 8–1 record. In 1907, he coached at Auburn, and compiled a 6–2–1 record. In 1909, he coached at Washington State, and compiled a 4–1 record.

Later life and deathEdit

Kienholz later served as the director of vocational training for the public schools of Los Angeles, California. He died on September 20, 1958, in Seattle, Washington.[2]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
North Carolina A&M Aggies (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) ({{{startyear}}})
1904 North Carolina A&M 3–1–2
North Carolina A&M: 3–1–2
Colorado Silver and Gold (Colorado Football Association) (1905)
1905 Colorado 8–1
Colorado: 8–1
North Carolina Tar Heels (Independent) (1906)
1906 North Carolina 1–4–2
North Carolina: 1–4–2
Auburn Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1907)
1907 Auburn 6–2–1 3–2–1 T–5th
Auburn: 6–2–1 3–2–1
Washington State (Independent) (1909)
1909 Washington State 4–1
Washington State: 4–1
Total: 22–9–5
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


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