Ernest C. Wills
Biographical details
Born(1892-03-28)March 28, 1892
Clinton, Iowa, U.S.
DiedDecember 24, 1976(1976-12-24) (aged 84)
Bryan, Texas, U.S.
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1922Tempe Normal
1923Fremont HS (NE)
1924Chadron Normal
1922–1923Tempe Normal
1924–1925Chadron Normal
1923Tempe Normal
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1922Tempe Normal
Head coaching record
Overall8–4–1 (college football)
12–14 (college basketball)
5–5 (college baseball)

Ernest Claude Wills (March 28, 1892 – December 24, 1976) was an American football, basketball, and baseball coach. He served as the head football coach at Tempe Normal School, now Arizona State University, in 1922 and at Chadron State College in 1924, compiling a career college football record of 8–4–1. Wills was also the head basketball coach at Tempe Normal in 1922–23, tallying a mark of 8–4, and the head baseball coach at the school in 1923, guiding his baseball squad to a 5–5 record. Wills graduated the University of Iowa in 1916 with a degree in engineering. He played on the Iowa Hawkeyes football team from 1913 through 1915.

Wills graduated from Clinton High School in Clinton, Iowa. In 1923, he was hired physical director and coach at Fremont High School in Fremont, Nebraska.[1] Wills died on December 24, 1976, at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan, Texas.[2]

Head coaching record

College football

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Tempe Normal Bulldogs (Independent) (1919)
1922 Tempe Normal 0–3–1
Tempe Normal: 0–3–1
Chadron Normal Eagles (Nebraska College Athletic Conference) (1924)
1924 Chadron Normal 8–1 5–1 T–3rd
Chadron Normal: 8–1 5–1
Total: 8–4–1


  1. ^ "Iowa Man Chosen As Coach For The Fremont Schools". Fremont Tribune. Fremont, Nebraska. August 20, 1923. p. 5. Retrieved June 5, 2019 – via Open access icon.
  2. ^ "Ernest C. Wills". The Daily Sentinel. Woodstock, Illinois. December 27, 1976. p. 10. Retrieved June 5, 2019 – via Open access icon.