Bill Warner
Bill Warner University of North Carolina.jpg
Warner pictured in Yackety Yak 1906, UNC yearbook
Biographical details
Born(1881-01-24)January 24, 1881
Springville, New York
DiedFebruary 12, 1944(1944-02-12) (aged 63)
Portland, Oregon
Playing career
1902Syracuse A. A.
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1904Sherman Institute (CA)
1905North Carolina
1908Sherman Institute (CA)
1909Saint Louis
Head coaching record
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1971 (profile)

William Jay Warner (January 24, 1881 – February 12, 1944) was an American football player and coach. Warner graduated from Cornell University in 1903 and was a member of the Sphinx Head Society. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971.

Following his playing career at Cornell University, Warner was the head football coach at Cornell University, the University of North Carolina, Colgate University, St. Louis University, and the University of Oregon. He also coached football at Sherman Institute—now known as Sherman Indian High School—in Riverside, California.[1]

Warner was the brother of famed football coach Pop Warner. In 1902, Bill and Glenn both played pro football for the Syracuse Athletic Club during the first World Series of Football, held at Madison Square Garden. It was during this event, that Warner played in the first professional indoor football game as his Syracuse squad upset the heavily favored "New York" team. While Glenn was injured during the event with a head injury, Bill and the rest of the Syracuse team went on to win the event.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Cornell (Independent) (1903)
1903 Cornell 6–3–1
Cornell: 6–3–1
North Carolina Tar Heels (Independent) (1905)
1905 North Carolina 4–3–1
North Carolina: 4–3–1
Colgate (Independent) (1906)
1906 Colgate 4–2–2
1907 Colgate 4–4–1
Colgate: 8–6–3
Saint Louis Blue and White (Independent) (1909)
1909 Saint Louis 3–5
Saint Louis: 3–5
Oregon Webfoots (Independent) (1910–1911)
1910 Oregon 4–1
1911 Oregon 3–2
Williams: 7–3
Total: 28–20–5


  1. ^ "Football Coach Who May Go to Oregon Aggies Next Year". Los Angeles Herald. Los Angeles, California. December 13, 1908. p. 27. Retrieved September 7, 2018 – via open access.

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