December 10, 2012 |
Bill Manlove, a South Jersey native who led Widener University in Chester, Pa., to a pair of NCAA Division III national titles, will be honored Monday night at the 68th annual Brooks Irvine Memorial Football Club banquet. Manlove, a Haddon Heights High School graduate who began his coaching career at Gloucester High School in 1957, will be receive the Edward G. Myer Distinguished Service award at the dinner at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Cherry Hill. The annual banquet also will feature the introduction of the all-South Jersey football team, selected by The Inquirer in conjunction with the club and area coaches.
July 14, 2011 |
BILL MANLOVE had no clue he was getting into the College Football Hall of Fame until a box arrived at his door. And even then, he didn't know. "It's a strange story," Manlove recalled. "It said something about being from Texas. When I opened it up, there was a football in there, with the brown side up. I thought someone was trying to push a new football. The white side was facing down. When I turned it over it had my name on there, saying that I was being inducted. And I went, 'Well, I'll be darned.' "There was a letter explaining it all, but that was a shocker.
September 9, 1992 |
At a point when most men in his profession are contemplating a condominium in Florida and 36 holes of golf per day, Bill Manlove is eagerly embarking on a fresh assignment. After 23 seasons at Widener University, where he went 182-53-1 and won two NCAA Division III football championships, Manlove, who is 59 and could pass for someone 10 years younger, has switched allegiences. Last February, two months after announcing his resignation at Widener, Manlove accepted the head- coaching position at Delaware Valley College, another Middle Atlantic Conference school located in Doylestown.
April 27, 1997 |
Bill Manlove, like the Wizard of Oz, works behind a curtain and deals in illusions. Right now, he is trying to create a Division I-AA football program out of a telephone and a helmet. "One plug-in phone and one helmet - that's all we've got," said Manlove, the coach who has been hired to resurrect La Salle University's football program, defunct for 56 years. "It's been a struggle, because at the moment, we have nothing. " Before Sept. 6, when La Salle will meet Fairfield in the first official college game at McCarthy Stadium since Nov. 16, 1941, Manlove will need more - blocking sleds, weights, tackling dummies, pads, video equipment, uniforms, at least 80 warm bodies.
December 6, 2001 |
Archie Stalcup is thankful for being named to succeed Bill Manlove as head football coach at La Salle. He's even more thankful - having served on Manlove's staff since football was restored at La Salle in 1997 - that the transition is seamless. "I think that was very important knowing how young the program is that we have here," Stalcup said yesterday after his promotion was announced. "It has just started to blossom the last two years. "I told people to make sure we didn't use the word replace, because no one can replace Bill Manlove.
September 27, 1997 |
The Manlove household in Doylestown has passed the time leading up to today's football game between La Salle and Delaware Valley by employing some cloak-and-dagger tactics. Bill Manlove coached at Delaware Valley for four years and now is the head football coach at La Salle. Edna Manlove, his wife, is the secretary to the football coaching staff at Delaware Valley. "I've been trying hard to get the game plan," joked Manlove, who is in his 28th season as a head coach. "I put the trash out, and that didn't help.
September 10, 1992 |
Bill Manlove worries that 70 players aren't enough at Delaware Valley College, his new home. "It's tough, and I'm not sure how to handle this situation," Manlove said. Bill Cubit, who succeeded Manlove at Widener, looks at the 155 players he had in the preseason - of which 109 were freshman recruits - and smiles. "Best thing about school starting is that I don't have to recruit any more players," Cubit said. Manlove and Cubit are both looking for victories in their debuts Saturday, when Delaware Valley will play host to Wagner and Widener will travel to Gettysburg.
February 26, 1997 |
It wasn't so much a news conference as a pep rally. As Bill Manlove was introduced yesterday as La Salle's new football coach - the school's first since the school dropped the sport in 1941 - he was greeted by a band, a mascot, a dark blue La Salle football helmet and a room full of pumped up La Salle undergraduates. Manlove immediately asked whether there were any prospective players in the room - or if anyone knew of any players. "Only 193 days before the opener," Manlove said.
November 6, 1999 |
On the night of his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame last year, 1982 Widener graduate Tom Deery was surrounded by some of the biggest names in the sport's history. Former Grambling coach Eddie Robinson. Former running back and 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers of South Carolina. Former Arizona State quarterback Danny White. But what made the ceremony in South Bend, Ind., extra special for the former defensive back was the surprise appearance of his Pioneers coach, Bill Manlove.
September 10, 1998 |
For Mike Bramowski, a year makes all the difference. And not just any year. Bramowski has already endured a year of La Salle University football in which coach Bill Manlove, only six months after being named to resurrect the program from a 56-year hiatus, was thrown into the fray without the benefit of recruited players. It was a year in which the Explorers lost nine of 10 games and were outscored, 367-104. Bramowski and Rutgers transfer Ralph Sacca split the quarterback duties behind a ragtag offensive line made up of undersized, underqualified walk-ons, and Manlove implemented an offensive game plan reminiscent of one designed 15 years earlier for future NFL Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice while at Mississippi Valley State.