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Bill Jeffrey
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Full name William Jeffrey
Date of birth August 3, 1892(1892-08-03)
Place of birth    Edinburgh, Scotland
Date of death    January 7, 1966 (aged 73)
Place of death    Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Teams managed
Altoona Works
Penn State
United States

* Appearances (Goals)

William "Bill" Jeffrey (August 3, 1892 in Edinburgh, Scotland – January 7, 1966 in Boalsburg, PA) was the head coach of the 1950 United States World Cup team that beat England 1-0 in one of the greatest upsets in the history of soccer. He was the coach of Penn State for 26 seasons, winning ten national college championships. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Jeffrey began playing at an early age, but suffered a career ending injury. His mother sent him to live with an uncle in the United States. He began working as a mechanic with the Altoona Railroad Shop of the Pennsylvania Railroad. He eventually came to manage the company team. In 1925, his team played an exhibition game with Penn State University. This resulted in an offer to coach the men's soccer team, a position he held for 27 years.[1] Beginning in 1932, the Nittany Lions would go 65 unbeaten streak, a streak which ended in November 1941. In 1953, he retired from Penn State and moved to Puerto Rico where he taught and coached for several years. On September 29, 1972, the Penn State soccer stadium was named after Jeffrey.[2] A founding member of the NSCAA, he served as president of the association in 1948.[3] The NSCAA awards the annual Bill Jeffrey Award to college coaches. The United States Soccer Football Federation selected Jeffrey to coach the United States men's national soccer team at the 1950 FIFA World Cup just two weeks before the competition after Erno Schwarz declined the position. He died of a heart attack during a soccer clinic.


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