Edward G. Biles

Edward G. Biles

Hall of Fame Class:
1998


EDWARD G. BILES---1998 Inductee --- Head Football Coach (1962-68). Director of Physical Education (1956-62). Freshman Football Coach (1956-62).

Ed Biles spent seven years during the 1960's as the Xavier head football coach, but he logged 13 years overall on the Musketeer campus. In that time, he served as freshman football coach, director of physical education, and head football coach.

In his seven seasons as head football coach, from 1962-68, he compiled a career record of 39-28-3 for a winning percentage of 58.0%. Against Cincinnati, Dayton, and Miami of Ohio he finished with a record of 12-7-2. XU was 5-1-1 against Dayton, 4-3 against UC, and 3-3-1 against Miami of Ohio, Biles' alma mater.

Biles guided the Musketeers to an 8-2 season in 1965, a season which earned him Catholic Coach-of-the-Year (The Brooklyn Tablet) honors. That season was also one of the finest the Musketeers have ever enjoyed as a major college, and was the best won-lost slate in the decade. The 1965 season was almost a bowl season but, after an 8-1 start, XU lost 57-33 to Texas Western on the last day of the regular season and no bowl bid came.

Biles graduated from Miami of Ohio in 1953, with a B.S. in education. He received his Master's Degree in the same field from Miami, in 1958. While at Miami, Biles served as an assistant coach (student assistant) in football under Ara Paraseghian. Biles also served as an assistant baseball coach as a senior at Miami.

Following his graduation from Miami, Biles launched his coaching career at Cincinnati's Woodward High School, where he coached for two years. Biles came to Xavier in 1956 as freshman football coach and the Director of Physical Education. As freshman coach, Biles compiled a won-lost record of 18-6-0. For two seasons under Biles, the XU frosh team went undefeated while putting together a nine-game winning streak.

Biles coached and helped develop some of the greatest players in Xavier football history, including XU Hall of Famers Carroll Williams and Dan Abramowicz.

After leaving Xavier, Biles later took a job as an assistant coach under "Bum" Phillips with the NFL's Houston Oilers. He later took over the Oiler head coaching position.