William Cole

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Cole was an all-around athlete at P.S. DuPont High School and the University of Delaware. His mercurial ball carrying helped the Blue Hens win 32 straight games in the 1940s. At the University of
Delaware he won 11 letters in football, baseball and basketball. He received “Little All-American” football honors in 1948. Billy was one of the States premier High School football coaches at William
Penn High School. In 25 years his teams compiled a 148-71-10 record and had four undefeated seasons. He was elected 1962 “State Coach of the Year”, although he was accorded the mythical title several
times in the 1950s. From 1952 to 1956 he only lost two of 47 games. He had an unbeaten streak of 23 games. He was the winning coach of the first Delaware Blue/Gold All-Star game in 1956. Billy
coached basketball five years and baseball 12 years. He later served as an assistant to one of his former players, a Cole favorite, Bruce Reynolds, heir to the “Kings” dynasty.



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