Marvin Bass

Marvin Bass

Bass as a player for William & Mary (c. 1942)
Sport(s) Football, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1919-08-28)August 28, 1919
Died December 3, 2010(2010-12-03) (aged 91)
Blythewood, South Carolina
Playing career
1940–1942 William & Mary
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1944–1947 William & Mary (assistant)
1948 North Carolina (assistant)
1949–1950 William & Mary (assistant)
1951 William & Mary
1952 Washington Redskins (assistant)
1953–1954 North Carolina (assistant)
1955–1959 South Carolina (line)
1960 Georgia Tech (DC)
1961–1965 South Carolina
1966–1969 Montreal Beavers
1970–1972 Buffalo Bills (assistant)
1973 Richmond (assistant)
1974 Birmingham Americans (assistant)
1975 Birmingham Vulcans
1977–1978 Buffalo Bills (assistant)
1979–1981 Calgary Stampeders (assistant)
1982–1992 Denver Broncos (assistant)
1948 William & Mary
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1961–1965 South Carolina
Head coaching record
Overall 24–32–4 (college football)
9–3 (WFL)

Marvin Crosby Bass (August 28, 1919 – December 3, 2010)[1][2] was the head coach of The College of William & Mary's football team in 1951. He also coached the South Carolina Gamecocks football team for five seasons.

Bass, a native of Petersburg, Virginia, was a member of the winningest football team in William & Mary history. Bass captained the 1942 Indians, which compiled a 9–1–1 record. He later was an assistant coach at his alma mater when the 1947 Indians were 9–1.

In 1974, Bass was an assistant football coach for the Birmingham Americans of the World Football League (WFL), a league formed in the early 1970s to rival the National Football League (WLF). He became head coach of the WFL's Birmingham Vulcans the following year. The league lured such NFL name players as Larry Csonka, Paul Warfield and Jim Kiick. It lasted 18 months, losing US$30,000,000.

In his 37-year coaching career, Bass coached in more football leagues than most coaches of his time. This included stints as head coach for teams in the Southern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Continental League, and the Canadian League. Bass was also assistant coach with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian League.

While at William & Mary, Bass was All-State and All-Southern Conference while helping the Indians to defeat the Oklahoma Sooners 14–7 in the final 1942 game. He served as head football coach at William & Mary as well as South Carolina and helped bring American football to Canada when he coached the Montreal Beavers in the Continental League.

Bass was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.

Head coaching record

College football

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
William & Mary Tribe (Southern Conference) (1951)
1951 William & Mary 7–3 5–1 T–3rd
William & Mary: 7–3 5–1
South Carolina Gamecocks (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1961–1965)
1961 South Carolina 4–6 3–4 T–5th
1962 South Carolina 4–5–1 3–4 4th
1963 South Carolina 1–8–1 1–5–1 6th
1964 South Carolina 3–5–2 2–3–1 6th
1965 South Carolina 5–5 4–2
South Carolina: 17–29–4
Total: 24–32–4


  1. Marvin Bass' obituary
  2. Official NFL Record & Fact Book, 2002 Edition, page 150

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