Bill MacDermott

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Bill MacDermott
Biographical details
Born (1936-05-14)May 14, 1936
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Died May 5, 2016(2016-05-05) (aged 79)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Alma mater Trinity College
Playing career
1950s Trinity (CT)
Position(s) Offensive lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1966–1970 Wesleyan (asst.)
1971–1986 Wesleyan
1987–1989 Cal Poly (asst.)
1990 Toronto Argonauts (asst.)
1991–1992 Orlando Thunder (OL)
1992 Montreal Alouettes (asst.)
19921996 Edmonton Eskimos (OL)
1997 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (AHC)
1997–1998 San Diego Chargers (TE)
19992006 Edmonton Eskimos (OL)
2008 Toronto Argonauts (OL)
2010 Edmonton Huskies
2011 Saskatchewan Roughriders (RB)
2012–2013 Spruce Grove Panthers (RB)
2013–2015 Ottawa Gee-Gees (OL)
2016 Alberta Golden Bears (OL)
Head coaching record
Overall 66–59–3

Bill MacDermott (May 14, 1936 – May 5, 2016) was an American gridiron 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.


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] During his tenure at Wesleyan, MacDermott coached Bill Belichick, who would himself go on to have a distinguished coaching career in the NFL. 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. MacDermott died of congestive heart failure on May 5, 2016 in Edmonton.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Macdermott Named Wesleyan Coach". The Day, New London, Connecticut. 1970-12-18.
  2. ^ "Spencer Named Football Coach At Wesleyan". Schenectady Gazette. 1987-06-06.
  3. ^ a b "ALL-TIME COACHING RECORDS". Wesleyan University. Archived from the original on 1 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  4. ^ Tom Yantz. "Bill MacDemott". Toronto Argonauts. Archived from the original on 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2010-06-12.
  5. ^ Yantz, Tom (2002-11-10). "FORMER CARDINAL, LINING UP ESKIMOS; BILL MACDERMOTT: WESLEYAN". Hartford Courant. p. E.8.
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