University of Michigan Football Coaches

William L. McCauley


William McCauley

Attending the University as a medical student, McCauley was named Michigan's third head coach prior to the 1894 season. In contrast to today's modern football players, McCauley's first club weighed an average of 170 pounds. In his two seasons at the helm, the Wolverines only lost two contests, falling to eastern powers Cornell and Harvard. Michigan's 12-4 victory over Cornell in 1894 marked the first time in collegiate football history that a western school defeated an established power from the east.

Before coming to Ann Arbor to continue his medical studies, McCauley graduated from Princeton in 1894 and played tackle on the Tigers' championship football team. Before his departure in November of 1896, McCauley assisted William Ward in coaching the 1896 team.