2011 Hall of Fame Inductee
PAUL G. BILLY
Wrestling Head Coach (1963-91)
Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach (1964)
Football Assistant Coach (1963-85)
Inducted in 2011
One of the most successful and multi-faceted coaches in Delaware athletics history, Paul Billy led the Blue Hen wrestling squad for 28 years, assisted with the nationally-ranked University of Delaware football program for 23 seasons, and also served as men’s lacrosse head coach in 1964. A 1957 graduate of Muhlenberg (Pa.) College, the “Bear” joined Delaware as head wrestling coach in 1963 and posted a 28-year dual mark of 206-180-7 in 1963-91, a sterling record that included 15 winning seasons. He also coached 10 conference champions and 17 NCAA Tournament qualifiers, including 1986 All-American and UD Athletics Hall of Fame member Dave DeWalt. In 23 football seasons, he served as freshman head coach, chief scout, and defensive line assistant and helped lead teams that captured four national championships (1963, 1971, 1972, 1979) and advanced to post-season play 12 times. During his 23 seasons, Blue Hen teams posted a remarkable record of 185-68-2 (good for a 72.9 winning percentage) under UD Athletics Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame head coaches Dave Nelson and Tubby Raymond. He coached five All-American defensive linemen during his tenure, including NFL player and UD Athletics Hall of Fame member Dennis Johnson. Paul held the rank of Associate Professor in the College of Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation at UD and was part-time coordinator for the UD Lifetime Sports Program before retiring in 2000.
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