Bill Sargent

William Hilton Sargent (February 25, 1907 – March 18, 1963) was an American college, high school, and professional football coach. He served as the head coach at Loyola Marymount University from 1947 to 1948. Sargent also coached the Los Angeles Bulldogs and Hollywood Rangers, professional teams that played in California-based leagues. He led those clubs to capture the Pacific Coast Professional Football League and the American Football League championships, respectively.

American football player and coach
Bill Sargent
Biographical details
Born (1907-02-25)February 25, 1907
Died March 18, 1963(1963-03-18) (aged 56)
Lynwood, California
Playing career
1928–1930 Loyola (CA)
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1931–1936 Loyola (CA) (freshmen)
1937–1938 Loyola HS (CA)
1939–1940 Loyola (CA) (line)
1941–1946 Loyola HS (CA)
1944 Hollywood Rangers
1945–1946 Los Angeles Bulldogs
1947–1948 Loyola (CA)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1947–1948 Loyola (CA)
Head coaching record
Overall 6–12–1 (college)
11–0 (AFL)
14–7–2 (PCPFL)
Accomplishments and honors
1 American Football League (1944)
1 Pacific Coast Professional Football League (1946)
3 Catholic League (H.S.) (1944–1946)

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Sargent attended Loyola Marymount University, where he played on the football team as a left end from 1928 to 1930, including a year under head coach Mike Pecarovich.[1] In 1930, he played alongside two of his brothers on the Loyola line; Ted and George Sargent played at left tackle and left guard, respectively.[2]

After college, Sargent remained at his alma mater as its freshman team coach,[3] a role in which he served through the 1936 season.[4] Sargent resigned in April 1937 to take over as head coach at Loyola High School, also in Los Angeles, California,[5][6] “where he built up an enviable record,” according to the Spokane Daily Chronicle.[7]

In November 1938, Loyola Marymount head coach Tom Lieb stepped down, and some favored Sargent as his replacement.[8] The Loyola newspaper described him as a popular choice on campus due to his reputation as one of the best ends in school history, his experience as the freshman coach, and because many students had attended Loyola High.[9] However, the position ultimately went to Mike Pecarovich, his former college coach who returned for a second stint at the school. The following February, Pecarovich hired Sargent as a line coach.[7][10]

In 1941, Sargent was again coach at Loyola High School.[11] In February, he was mentioned as a candidate for the vacant head coaching position at Ventura Junior College.[9] He led the Loyola High Cubs to three consecutive Catholic League championships from 1944 to 1946.[12]

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