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Coach Bill Bowes Set for Sept. 10 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, Presented by Fidelity Investments
New Hampshire and the National Football Foundation will jointly honor Bowes, a 2016 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, as the Wildcats host Holy Cross.
Published: 9/8/2016 1:30:00 PM

IRVING, Texas (Sept. 8, 2016) – The University of New Hampshire and the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that they will jointly honor former coach Bill Bowes with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments®. The salute will take place Sept. 10 in Durham, N.H., during the game between the Wildcats and Holy Cross. Coverage of the game will start at 7 p.m. ET on the American Sports Network.

“It was very much an unexpected honor,” Bowes told upon learning of his selection. “I never thought I’d get selected for this. It’s No. 1, the top (honor), no question.”

The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program, which began with the inaugural class in 1951, has become a hallowed tradition, and to this day the singular events remain the first of numerous activities in each inductee’s Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. The events take place on the field during a home game, and many inductees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers, providing them one more chance to take the field and hear the crowd roar their name.

“Bill Bowes guided New Hampshire to success and oversaw their transition to the FCS during 27 seasons as head coach from 1972-98,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. “He finished his career as the winningest head coach in Yankee Conference/Atlantic 10 and New Hampshire history. We are thrilled to honor him at Cowell Stadium.”

After guiding the Wildcats to a record of 175-106-5 (62.1 win percentage), Bowes becomes the first College Football Hall of Fame inductee (player or coach) from New Hampshire.

Bowes became the youngest head coach in school history in 1972. He guided the Wildcats to four Yankee Conference championships, and he strung together eight straight winning seasons from 1974-81 and another nine consecutive winning campaigns from 1983-91. Bowes was named conference coach of the year in 1989 and 1994, and his teams qualified for the NCAA playoffs four times.

Bowes’ honors include twice being named Kodak District I Coach of the Year, AFCA Region I Coach of the Year, New England Coach of the Year and Boston Gridiron Club Division I-AA Coach of the Year. During his tenure in Durham, he coached 1998 Walter Payton Award recipient Jerry Azumah, 12 All-Americans, 69 First Team All-Yankee Conference honorees and six First Team All-Atlantic 10 selections.

He has received many awards for his service and contributions to the game, including the NFF New Hampshire Chapter’s Distinguished Contribution to Football Award, the George C. Carens Awards for contributions to New England football and the Eastern Intercollegiate Officials Association’s Murray Lewis Award for sportsmanship. In 1999, New Hampshire initiated the Bill Bowes Coaches Award, an annual honor presented to a Wildcat senior.

The Blanchard, Pa., native was a team captain for College Football Hall of Fame coach Rip Engle’s 1964 Penn State team, and he was the recipient of the Penn State University Alumni Athlete Award in 2000. Following his graduation, Bowes served as a graduate assistant for one season at Penn State before two seasons as New Hampshire’s offensive line coach. He moved to Boston College with former Wildcat head coach Joe Yukica from 1968-71 before taking the reins at UNH.

Including the 2016 class, only 977 players and 211 coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly 5.19 million people who have played or coached the game over the past 147 years. In other words, only two ten-thousandths of one percent (.0002) of those who have set foot on the gridiron have earned the distinction. Click here for a complete list of players and coaches in the Hall.

The 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, held at New York City’s historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, Dec. 6. This year’s College Football Hall of Fame Class includes: Marlin Briscoe (Nebraska Omaha), Derrick Brooks (Florida State), Tom Cousineau (Ohio State), Randall Cunningham (UNLV), Troy Davis (Iowa State), William Fuller (North Carolina), Bert Jones (LSU), Tim Krumrie (Wisconsin), Pat McInally (Harvard), Herb Orvis (Colorado), Bill Royce (Ashland [Ohio]), Mike Utley (Washington State), Scott Woerner (Georgia), Rod Woodson (Purdue) and coaches Bill Bowes (New Hampshire) and Frank Girardi (Lycoming [Pa.]). For more information, please contact Will Rudd at or by calling 972.556.1000.

Remaining Scheduled 2016 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes
Presented by Fidelity Investments
(Chronological Order)






Sept. 10

Coach Bill Bowes

New Hampshire (1972-98)

Holy Cross

Sept. 10

Bill Royce

Ashland (Ohio) (1990-93)

Wayne State (Mich.)

Sept. 22

Marlin Briscoe

Nebraska Omaha (1964-67)

Special Event

Oct. 1

Troy Davis

Iowa State (1994-96)


Oct. 1

Scott Woerner

Georgia (1977-80)


Oct. 8

Tom Cousineau

Ohio State (1975-78)


Oct. 15

Herb Orvis

Colorado (1969-71)

Arizona State

Oct. 15

Mike Utley

Washington State (1985-88)


Oct. 22

Coach Frank Girardi

Lycoming (Pa.) (1972-2007)

Lebanon Valley (Pa.)

Oct. 22

Bert Jones

LSU (1970-72)


Oct. 29

Derrick Brooks

Florida State (1991-94)


Oct. 29

Tim Krumrie

Wisconsin (1979-82)


Nov. 5

William Fuller

North Carolina (1981-83)

Georgia Tech

Nov. 12

Rod Woodson

Purdue (1983-86)


Nov. 19

Pat McInally

Harvard (1972-74)



Randall Cunningham

UNLV (1982-84)


The 2016 season marks the seventh season that Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of not-for-profit workplace retirement savings plans to higher education employees, is serving as the national presenting sponsor of the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes. The salutes are one component of a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. At the start of the 2014 season, Fidelity became the presenting sponsor of the William V. Campbell Trophy, college football’s premier scholar-athlete award, which will be presented for the 27th time in 2016. Other highlights of the sponsorship include Fidelity becoming the first presenting sponsor of the organization’s prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and helping launch the NFF Faculty Salutes Initiative, which recognizes the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives around the country.

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