Sports coach

Ray Eliot

Quick Facts

IntroAmerican football and baseball player and coach, college athletics administrator
Was Sports coach
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gendermale
Birth3 June 1905
Death 24 February 1980
(aged 74 years)

Biography

Raymond Eliot Nusspickel (June 13, 1905 – February 24, 1980) was an American football and baseball player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach Illinois College from 1933 to 1936 and at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign from 1942 to 1959, compiling a career college football record of 102–82–13. Eliot was also the head baseball coach at Illinois College from 1933 to 1937. His Illinois Fighting Illini football teams won three Big Ten Conference championships (1946, 1951, and 1953) and two Rose Bowls (1947 and 1952). Eliot, who spent almost his entire career at the University of Illinois—he was a student athlete, an assistant football coach, head football coach, associate athletic director, and finally the interim athletic director for the university—was nicknamed “Mr. Illini.” He attended the University of Illinois, played as a guard on the football team in 1930 and 1931, and was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. He died of an apparent heart attack on February 24, 1980 in Urbana, Illinois.

Head coaching record

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsCoaches#AP°
Illinois College Blueboys()(1933–1936)
1933Illinois College4–2–1
1934Illinois College6–1
1935Illinois College5–3
1936Illinois College4–3–1
Illinois College:19–9–2
Illinois Fighting Illini(Big Ten Conference)(1942–1959)
1942Illinois6–43–2T–3rd
1943Illinois3–732–46th
1944Illinois5–4–13–36th15
1945Illinois2–6–11–4–17th
1946Illinois8–26–11st W Rose5
1947Illinois5–3–13–3T–3rd
1948Illinois3–62–58th
1949Illinois3–4–23–3–15th
1950Illinois7–24–24th1113
1951Illinois9–0–15–0–11st W Rose34
1952Illinois4–52–5T–6th
1953Illinois7–1–15–1T–1st77
1954Illinois1–80–610th
1955Illinois5–3–13–3–15th
1956Illinois2–5–21–4–28th
1957Illinois4–53–47th
1958Illinois4–54–36th
1959Illinois5–3–14–2–1T–3rd1213
Illinois:83–73–1154–55–7
Total:102–82–13
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.