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William Coughlin

Baseball (Inducted: 1977-78)

William  Coughlin

Lafayette's baseball program developed into one of the finest in the nation under 23 years of Bill Coughlin's leadership.

Coughlin came to Lafayette after a highly successful professional baseball career. He captained Detroit Tiger pennant-winning teams in 1907, 1908, and 1909. He had only one losing season during his tenure at Lafayette as his teams won 273 games and lost 134. His overall .675 winning percentage included a 52-13 record versus Lehigh and a 31-8 mark against Rutgers. Coughlin coached four major league baseball players at Lafayette: Mike Gazella `23, Charlie Berry '25, Frank Grube `27, and Frank Hiller '43. In 1954, he was inducted into what was then known as the Helms Foundation College Baseball Hall of Fame.