Robert P. Wilson
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
2 TFL (1899–1900)

Robert P. "Bert" Wilson was an American college football player and coach. He played football for Wesleyan University and was captain of the school's football team in 1896.[1] After graduating, he served as Wesleyan's first head football coach from 1898 to 1902. In five years as Wesleyan's coach, Wilson compiled a record of 25–21–2.[2] In his first two years as the coach, Wesleyan compiled records of 7–3 and 7–2. In the 17 years before Wilson took over as the coach, Wesleyan's football team had never won seven games in a single season.[3] In 1903, Wilson became the head football coach at New York University (NYU).[4] He served the sixth head football coach at NYU and held that position for one season, in 1903, leading the NYU Violets to a record of 2–5.[5]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Wesleyan Methodists (Independent) (1898)
1898 Wesleyan 7–3
Wesleyan Methodists (Triangular Football League) (1899–1901)
1899 Wesleyan 7–2 2–0 1st
1900 Wesleyan 5–4 2–0 1st
1901 Wesleyan 3–6–1 1–1 2nd
Wesleyan Methodists (Independent) (1902)
1902 Wesleyan 3–6–1
Wesleyan: 25–21–2 5–1
NYU Violets (Independent) (1903)
1903 NYU 2–5
NYU: 2–5
Total: 27–26–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "Wesleyan's Football Season Starts" (PDF). The New York Times. September 16, 1900. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  2. ^ "ALL-TIME COACHING RECORDS". Wesleyan University. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  3. ^ "131 SEASONS OF WESLEYAN FOOTBALL". Wesleyan University. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "FOOTBALL SEASON WELL STARTED; Colgate Played West Point to a Standstill – Neither Team Scored – Columbia Scored 10 Against Wesleyan – Yale's Easy Victory – Indians' Large Score" (PDF). The New York Times. September 23, 1903. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  5. ^ The Ultimate Guide to College Football, James Quirk, 2004