Paul Bixler

Paul Bixler
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born (1907-01-25)January 25, 1907
Died November 18, 1985(1985-11-18) (aged 78)
Cleveland, Ohio
Playing career
1928 Mount Union
Position(s) Guard, fullback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1939–1941 Colgate (assistant)
1945 Ohio State (assistant)
1946 Ohio State
1947–1951 Colgate
1936–1939 Akron
1939–1941 Colgate
Head coaching record
Overall 18–30–4 (football)
52–27 (basketball)

Paul O. Bixler (January 25, 1907 – November 18, 1985) was an American football player, coach, and administrator and basketball coach. He served as the head football coach at Ohio State University for one season in 1946 and at Colgate University from 1947 to 1951, compiling a career record of 18–30–4. Bixler was also the head basketball coach at the University of Akron (1936–1939) and Colgate (1939–1941), tallying a mark of 52–27. He later served as director of player personnel for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL).

Bixler was a 1929 graduate of Mount Union College where he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and played guard and fullback on the football team. He started his coaching career in Canton, Ohio at Canton Central Junior High and then at Canton McKinley High School. He then became an assistant football coach at the University of Akron where he also served as head basketball coach.

Bixler was the 24th head football coach at Colgate University located in Hamilton, New York and he held that position for five seasons, from 1947 until 1951. His overall coaching record at Colgate was 14–27–2, ranking him tenth total wins and 26th in winning percentage in school history.

He died after suffering a heart attack in 1985.[1]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten Conference) (1946)
1946 Ohio State 4–3–2 2–3–1 T–6th
Ohio State: 4–3–2 2–3–1
Colgate Red Raiders (Independent) (1947–1951)
1947 Colgate 1–5–2
1948 Colgate 3–6
1949 Colgate 1–8
1950 Colgate 5–3
1951 Colgate 4–5
Colgate: 14–27–2
Total: 18–30–4


  1. "Former Buckeye coach dies, was 77", Gettysburg Times, Tuesday, November 19, 1985, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, United States Of America

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