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WATTERS, Leonard Alyvn

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WATTERS, Leonard Alyvn. (Dubuque, IA, June 4, 1898 – December 1986) Watters attended Central High School in South Bend, Indiana, and Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He played professional football for the Buffalo Bisons in the 1924 NFL season, appearing in eight games for the Bisons.

He spent 42 years as a coach. As the coach at White Plains High School, Watters' football teams won 114 games in 16 years with 27 defeats. His teams won the W.I.A.A. ten times, fielding nine undefeated teams. In 1931 his White Plains team played on New Year's Day in Florida in what later became the Orange Bowl game. From 1948 to 1962 at Williams College, he compiled a record of 68 wins and 47 losses and ranked fourth in career wins among Williams College football coaches. He won 7 league championships and was selected as New England Coach of the Year in 1957.

Watters was inducted into the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame at Glen Island Casino New Rochelle New York April 25, 1974.