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William O'Brien (American football)

William O'Brien
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1923-03-11)March 11, 1923
Zeigler, Illinois
Died December 1, 2000(2000-12-01) (aged 77)[1][2]
Carbondale, Illinois
Alma mater Southern Illinois University
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1952-1954 Southern Illinois
Head coaching record
Overall 6-20
College Football Data Warehouse

William Edward "Bill" O'Brien was the seventh head football coach for the Southern Illinois Salukis in Carbondale, Illinois and he held that position for three seasons, from 1952 until 1954. His overall coaching record at SIU was 6 wins, 20 losses, and 0 ties. This ranks him 12th at SIU in terms of total wins and 16th at SIU in terms of winning percentage. [3] O'Brien later went to become an NFL official, officiating in the 1976 Super Bowl.[4] He was also a professor at Southern Illinois University.[5]

He died in 2000 after battling Alzheimer's disease for 13 years.


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Major O'Brien was also Commanding Officer of the U S Marine Corps Reserve Fighter Squadron VMF221.

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