(born December 26, 1927) is a former American football
player and coach in the United States
. Starting in 1962, he was the University of Houston
's head coach, holding the position through 1986. Yeoman revolutionized offensive football in 1964 by developing the Veer
option offense. Yeoman also played a prominent role in the racial integration of collegiate athletics in the South by being the first coach in the State of Texas to sign a black player. Yeoman's Cougars finished the season ranked in the AP
Top 10 four times and finished 10 times in the Top 20.
Yeoman played center
from 1946 to 1948 under legendary head coach Earl Blaik
. The 1946 team was 9–0–1 with a backfield of two Heisman Trophy
winners: Glenn Davis
and Doc Blanchard
. Yeoman was a team captain
in 1948 and chosen as a second team All-American
. The Army football teams in which he played compiled a combined 22–2–4 record. Bill Yeoman is still the only underclassman to ever captain an Army team.
From 1950 to 1953, Yeoman served in the United States Army
. After his return from the Army, he became an assistant coach under......