Head Coach Spotlight
Bill George begins his 17th season as head coach at the United States Coast Guard Academy. George was named the 16th head football coach at the Coast Guard Academy on April 8, 1999.
In 2013 he became the winningest coach in Coast Guard history with a 41-38 victory over Western New England.
George was named New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division Coach of the Year in 2007 as he led the Bears to their second consecutive NEFC Bogan Division championship as the team was a perfect 7-0 in division play for the second straight season. The team lost in the NEFC Championship Game for the second straight season and finished the season 8-2.
In 2006, the Bears tied a school-record with eight straight wins, finished the regular season 8-1 and earned a spot in the ECAC North Atlantic Bowl, the school’s first postseason bid since 1997 and finished 8-3 overall.
Prior to arriving at Coast Guard, George, spent nine years (1990-1998) as an assistant coach at Ithaca College where he assisted head coach Mike Welch in running the offense. Over the nine years, he worked with the offensive line, linebackers as well as serving as head junior varsity coach from 1990-94.
Ithaca enjoyed tremendous success during George’s nine seasons as the Bombers made six trips to the postseason play. They earned an NCAA Playoff berth four times (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994) and beat Dayton 34-20 to win the Division III National Championship in 1991. The Bombers also made it to the National Semifinals in 1994. Ithaca also made two ECAC Playoff appearances in George’s nine years and won both times. The Bombers won the Northeast Championship Game in 1996 and won the Northwest Championship Game with a 40-6 win over Hartwick in 1998, his final season.
Prior to Ithaca, George was an assistant coach at the United States Military Academy Prep School (USMAPS) for three seasons (1987-89).
The 1980 graduate of Ithaca College, began his coaching career in 1982 as an assistant coach at Ithaca before moving on to Princeton in 1984. George was then a graduate assistant at Ohio State for two seasons (1985 and 1986).
During his playing days at Ithaca, George was a four-year starter (1976-1979) at center for legendary coach Jim Butterfield. George was an All-American and co-captain of the 1979 team which won the National Championship during his senior year. He was also a two-time qualifier for the National Championships as a member of the wrestling team.
Bill and his wife Nancy and their four-year old daughter Lila reside in Salem.