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William V. Slyker

slyker-bigWilliam V. Slyker was Reitz Football’s third head coach from 1922 to 1924 and compiled a 12-13-1 record.

Titles won at Reitz

Points of interest

  • Born on Feb. 14, 1899
  • Played for the Huron High School that won the Ohio state championship in 1917
  • Served in World War I
  • Played football for Ohio State University, playing in the 1921 Rose Bowl and graduating in 1922
  • Played for the NFL’s Evansville Crimson Giants in 1922
  • After leaving Reitz, he coached at Cleveland Heights (Ohio) High School for five years, winning 25 consecutive games and two Greater Cleveland Championships
  • Returned to Evansville in 1930 to coach the Purple Aces; while at Evansville College, also coached basketball and served as athletic director
  • After World War II ended Evansville’s football program for a few years, worked for Republic Aviation Corporation before becoming a public defender for the Vanderburgh County Civic Court
  • Passed away Jan. 3, 1949
  • Posthumously inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1979 (Slyker’s Indiana Football Hall of Fame profile)

High School coaching record

Year Team Record Championships
Reitz High School (12-13-1, 3 years)
1922 Reitz 2-5-1
1923 Reitz 4-5 City Champs
1924 Reitz 6-3
Cleveland Heights (Ohio) High School (unknown, 5 years)
1925 Cleveland Heights ???
1926 Cleveland Heights ???
1927 Cleveland Heights 4-4-1
1928 Cleveland Heights ???
1929 Cleveland Heights ???
TOTAL (unknown, 8 years)

Collegiate coaching record

Year Team Record Championships
Evansville College (34-60-9, 13 years)
1930 Evansville College 3-3-1
1931 Evansville College 3-5-0
1932 Evansville College 2-4-1
1933 Evansville College 2-5-1
1934 Evansville College 3-4-1
1935 Evansville College 4-5-0
1936 Evansville College 3-3-2
1937 Evansville College 0-9-0
1938 Evansville College 4-4-1
1939 Evansville College 1-6-1
1940 Evansville College 5-3-0
1941 Evansville College 3-5-1
1942 Evansville College 1-4-0
TOTAL (34-60-9, 13 years)

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