George Van Bibber

American football player and coach

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George Van Bibber
Biographical details
Died(1982-08-03)August 3, 1982
Willimantic, Connecticut, U.S.
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1931–1933Central State (MI)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
Head coaching record

Edward George Van Bibber (1909 – August 3, 1982) was an American football player, coach, and university professor. He served as the head football coach at Central Michigan University from 1931 to 1933 and at the University of Buffalo from 1934 to 1935, compiling a career college football record of 16–19–3. Van Bibber joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut in 1936 and was the director of the School of Physical Education there before retiring in 1969. He died on August 3, 1982 at the age of 73 after suffering a heart attack.[1]

In 1936, Van Bibber coached the first full season of wrestling at the University at Buffalo, finishing with a 0 win, 6 loss record.[2]

Van Bibber was an alumnus of Purdue University, lettering in baseball and football. He was a member of the 1930 Big Ten Conference champion football team and was awarded the 1931 Big Ten Medal of Honor; other notable recipients include: John Wooden, Hank Stram, Bob Griese, Mike Phipps and Jim Everett.[3]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Central State Bearcats (Independent) (1931–1933)
1931 Central State 4–3
1932 Central State 3–4–1
1933 Central State 5–2–1
Central State: 12–9–2
Buffalo Bulls (New York State Conference) (1934)
1934 Buffalo 2–4–1
Buffalo Bulls (Independent) (1935)
1935 Buffalo 2–6
Buffalo: 4–10–1
Total: 16–19–3


  1. ^ "E. George Van Bibber". The New York Times. August 5, 1982. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "1935-1936 Buffalo Bulls Wrestling". Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "PURDUESPORTS.COM - Purdue Official Athletic Site - Traditions". Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-05-11.
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