- Position: Coach
- School: Houston
- Years: 1962-1986
- Inducted: 2001
- Place of Birth: Elnora, IN
- Date of Birth: Dec 26, 1927
Member BiographyBill Yeoman first appeared on the college football
scene as a 17-year old freshman at Texas A&M in 1945.
He won a letter. He received an appointment to West
Point. Yeoman, 6 foot 2, 200 pounds, played center
for Army 1946-48. He was captain in 1948. Army had
a 22-2-4 record in his time. Yeoman served in the
Army 1950-53. He returned to civilian life and was
assistant coach at Michigan State 1954-61. In 1962
he became head coach at the University of Houston,
a job he held for 25 years.
Houston started football in 1946 and had received no
national recognition before Yeoman arrived. He turned
the program into a winner. Yeoman invented the veer
formation. For three straight years Houston led the
nation in total offense, averaging 437 yards a game
in 1966, 427 in 1967, and 562 in 1968. The 1968 total
was an NCAA record at the time. Houston also led the
nation in scoring, 42.5 points a game that year.
Yeoman nicknamed his defensive unit the Mad Dog Defense.
The Cougars were 5th in the nation in the final poll
in 1979, 4th in 1968.
Houston joined the Southwest Conference in 1976.
In 11 years Yeoman won four conference championships
-in 1976, 1978, 1979, and 1984. His overall record was
160-108-8. In a 20-year stretch 1965-84 the record was
144-73-7. His teams went to 11 bowls. Yeoman served
the post season as coach in the Blue-Gray, Shrine
East-West, and Hula Games. Bill Yeoman was born
December 26, 1927, in Elnora, Indiana. He attended
Glendale, Arizona, High School.