Alfred E. Bull
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born c. 1867
Died January 20, 1930
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Playing career
Latrobe Athletic Association
Position(s) Center, quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Franklin & Marshall
Latrobe Athletic Association
Head coaching record
Overall 62–34–15 (college)
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
1 Western Interstate University Football Association (1896)
All-American (1895)

Alfred E. Bull (c. 1867 – January 20, 1930) was an American football player and coach, rower, and dentist. He played football at the University of Pennsylvania and was selected as a center to the 1895 College Football All-America Team. Bull later served as the head football coach at the University of Iowa (1896), Franklin & Marshall College (1896–1897), Georgetown University (1900), Lafayette College (1903–1907), and Muhlenberg College (1908–1910), compiling a career college football record of 62–34–15.

College playing careerEdit

Bull attended the University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated with a degree in dentistry. He played football for the Penn Quakers and was named to the All-American team in 1895. During a game between Penn and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, Bull faced off against All-American and early professional footballer Bemus Pierce. Bull and Pierce faced each other on the line throughout the game, and on a play late in the game Pierce knocked Bull to the ground, and the play went over him. After the play, Pierce, who was a Native American, cried out to the Penn players, "Look, look at Sitting Bull."[1] Bull also rowed for the Penn crew.[2]

Coaching and professional playing careerEdit

After graduating from Penn, Bull served as head football coach at Iowa, Franklin & Marshall, Georgetown, Lafayette, and Muhlenberg, compiling a record of 62–34–15 in a career that lasted from 1896 to 1910. Bull's 1896 Iowa team won the first conference title in school history. He also played quarterback and served as the coach for the Latrobe Athletic Association in 1898.[3]

Later lifeEdit

Bull spent the last thirty years of his life from 1900 to 1930 practicing dentistry in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.[4][5]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Iowa Hawkeyes (Western Interstate University Football Association) (1896)
1896 Iowa 7–1–1 2–0–1 1st
Iowa: 7–1–1 2–0–1
Franklin & Marshall Diplomats (Independent) (1896–1897)
1896 Franklin & Marshall 3–4–2
1897 Franklin & Marshall 2–6–2
Franklin & Marshall: 5–10–4
Georgetown Hoyas (Independent) (1900)
1900 Georgetown 5–1–3
Georgetown: 5–1–3
Lafayette Leopards (Independent) (1903–1907)
1903 Lafayette 7–3
1904 Lafayette 8–2
1905 Lafayette 7–2–1
1906 Lafayette 8–1–1
1907 Lafayette 7–2–1
Lafayette: 37–10–3
Muhlenberg Mules () (1908–1910)
1908 Muhlenberg 2–5–1
1909 Muhlenberg 3–4–2
1908 Muhlenberg 3–3–1
Muhlenberg: 8–12–4
Total: 62–34–15


  1. Lawrence Perry (1930-01-31). "Gridiron Stars Are Invited To Relays". Charleston Daily Mail.
  2. "Capt. Bull Resigns" (PDF). The New York Times. 1896-02-10.
  3. Van Atta, Robert (1981). "The Early years of Pro Football in Southwestern Pennsylvania". Coffin Corner (Professional Football Researchers Association) 3 (Annual): 1–15.
  4. "Dr. Alfred E. Bull Died In Wilkes-Barre Today". Lebanon Daily News and The Lebanon Daily Times. 1930-01-20.
  5. "Dr. Bull, Once Star on Penn Teams, Dies: Noted Athlete of 40 Years Ago Succumbs at Age of 63 in Wilkes-Barre; Gained Football Fame; Was Picked by Camp on One of First All-America Teams--Also Prominent Oarsman". The New York Times. 1930-01-21.

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