William G. Kline
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Kline from 1919 Cornhusker
Biographical details
Born(1882-06-21)June 21, 1882
Salem, Illinois
Playing career
Position(s)Halfback (football)
Hurdler (track & field)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1911–1917Nebraska Wesleyan
1911–1918Nebraska Wesleyan
1912Nebraska Wesleyan
1917Nebraska Wesleyan
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1911–1918Nebraska Wesleyan
Head coaching record
Overall62–33–6 (football)
125–54 (basketball)
37–27 (baseball)

William Gordon Kline (June 21, 1882 – after 1942) was an American college football, baseball and basketball coach. At different times, Kline served as the head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball, basketball and football teams, as well as the Florida Gators baseball, basketball and football teams.

Early life

Kline was born in Salem, Illinois in 1882, and graduated from Amboy High School in Amboy, Illinois.[1] He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he played halfback for the Illinois Fighting Illini football team[2] and was also a hurdler for the Illini track & field team.[1] He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature and arts in 1906.[1]

Professor, coach and author

Kline was a professor at the former Hedding College in Abingdon, Illinois from 1908 to 1911.[1] From 1911 to 1918, he was the athletic director at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska.[1] He attended law school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1917, and earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.[3]

In 1918, Kline was a professor at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and he became the head coach of the war-time depleted Nebraska Cornhuskers football team.[4] Because of World War I and the 1918 influenza pandemic, the 1918 Huskers did not play their usual Missouri Valley Conference schedule, and, in fact, played the teams from two military training installations.[4] Kline's Huskers posted a 2–3–1 record.[5] The highlight of his season coaching Nebraska came when the Huskers played the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team to a scoreless tie.[5]

From 1919 to 1923, Kline was a law professor at the University of Florida College of Law in Gainesville, Florida,[6] while also serving as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team in 1920, 1921 and 1922.[7] While teaching U.S. Constitutional Law, Federal Procedure and Bankruptcy, and several other commercial law classes,[8] he compiled a 19–8–2 record in three seasons as the Gators football coach.[5][7] During his time at Florida, he also coached the Gators baseball team for one 4–10 season in 1921,[9] and the Gators basketball team from 1920 to 1922, tallying an overall record in two seasons of 10–11.[10]

In 1923, he returned to the University of Nebraska, where he became the Cornhuskers basketball coach and compiled a 23–12 record in his two seasons there, finishing third and second in the conference standings.[11] In 1924 and 1925, he also coached the Cornhuskers baseball team, and posted an 18–15 record.[12]

Kline wrote several sports-related books, including The All-American Football Coaching Course (1929), The Varsity Football Play Set (1933), The All-America Basketball Coaching Course (1933), and Football for Fans (1934).[13]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Nebraska Wesleyan Coyotes (Independent) (1911–1917)
1911 Nebraska Wesleyan 7–0
1912 Nebraska Wesleyan 5–2–1
1913 Nebraska Wesleyan 4–3–1
1914 Nebraska Wesleyan 7–1
1915 Nebraska Wesleyan 6–3
1916 Nebraska Wesleyan 5–4–1
1917 Nebraska Wesleyan 3–5
Nebraska Wesleyan: 37–18–3
Nebraska Cornhuskers (Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1918)
1918 Nebraska 2–3–1 0–0
Nebraska: 2–3–1 0–0
Florida Gators (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1920–1921)
1920 Florida 6–3 1–3 T–14th
1921 Florida 6–3–2 4–1–2 6th
Florida Gators (Southern Conference) (1922)
1922 Florida 7–2 2–0 5th
Florida: 19–8–2 7–4–2[14]
Hastings Broncos (Nebraska College Athletic Conference) (1926)
1926 Hastings 4–4 4–3 T–6th
Hastings: 4–4 4–3
Total: 62–33–6[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Franklin W. Scott, ed., Semi-Centennial Alumni Record of the University of Illinois, R.H. Donnelley & Sons Company, Chicago, Illinois, p. 255 (1918).
  2. ^ Tom McEwen, The Gators: A Story of Florida Football, The Strode Publishers, Huntsville, Alabama, p. 74 (1974).
  3. ^ University of Florida Catalog 1921–22, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, p. 7 (1921).
  4. ^ a b 2009 Cornhusker Football Media Guide, History, University of Nebraska Athletic Department, Lincoln, Nebraska, p. 183 (2009). Retrieved May 2, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d College Football Data Warehouse, All-Time Coaching Records, William G. Kline Records By Year. Retrieved February 10, 2010.
  6. ^ University of Florida, Levin College of Law, History: Faculty Members from 1909 to 2010. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
  7. ^ a b 2012 Florida Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 107, 115, 116 (2012). Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  8. ^ University of Florida Catalog 1921–22, pp. 135–140.
  9. ^ 2009 Florida Gators Baseball Media Guide, History, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 106 (2009). Retrieved May 2, 2010.
  10. ^ 2009–10 Florida Gators Men's Basketball Media Guide, History, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 132 & 134 (2009). Retrieved May 2, 2010.
  11. ^ 2008–09 Cornhusker Basketball Media Guide, Records, University of Nebraska Athletic Department, Lincoln, Nebraska, p. 180 (2008). Retrieved May 2, 2010.
  12. ^ 2008 Cornhusker Baseball Media Guide, History, University of Nebraska Athletic Department, Lincoln, Nebraska, p. 80 (2008). Retrieved May 2, 2010.
  13. ^ Huskers.com, Football, William G. Kline. Retrieved May 3, 2010. Also Catalog of Copyright Entries, Library of Congress Copyright Office, Washington, D.C., p. 1200 (1934). Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  14. ^ 2009 Southern Conference Football Media Guide, Year-by-Year Standings, pp. 74–77 (2009). Retrieved March 16, 2010.