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Athletic Hall of Fame

Paul Bitgood

Paul Bitgood


  • Highly successful UR coach leading Yellowjackets to banner years in track, golf, and football
  • The "Man from CT" played football in high school and college ball at UConn (BS in Entomology), and Springfield (MS in Physical Education)
  • Chosen All-New England at guard
  • Started coaching in 1927
  • Joined UR in 1936 and coached UR's nationally-ranked track teams with five National Championships in five appearances (1- and 2-mile relays)
  • Athletic Director and football at Medina High School in 1945
  • Sampson College Naval Base track and football coach
  • Returned to UR as legendary "line builder" to Coach Elmer Burnham during UR's "Golden Years of Football" boasting a 57-22 record (1951-60) and 1958 undefeated season-outscoring opponents 257 to 19
  • Lead varsity golf team to an impressive 44-5 record in five seasons and a 1957 undefeated season
  • Retired in 1963 as Yellowjackets' head football coach