Harry Lawrence (American football)

American football coach
Harry Lawrence
Biographical details
Bornc. 1909
Died(1987-02-20)February 20, 1987 (aged 78)
Towson, Maryland 22
Playing career
1928–1930Western Maryland
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1934–1941Baltimore City College
1946Baltimore City College
Head coaching record
Overall45–51–1 (college)
69–10–6 (high school)

Harry L. Lawrence (c. 1909 – February 20, 1987) was an American football coach. He served as the head football coach at Bucknell University from 1947 to 1957, compiling a record of 45–51–1. Lawrence began his coaching career in 1934 at Baltimore City College, a high school in Baltimore, Maryland. He was head football coach at Baltimore City College from 1934 to 1941 and again in 1946, tallying a mark of 69–10–6. During World War II, he served an officer in the United States Navy with the Atlantic Fleet in the Caribbean, reaching the rank of lieutenant commander.[1] Lawrence attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, where he starred in football. He then moved on to Western Maryland College—now known as McDaniel College, playing football as a halfback under head coach Dick Harlow. At Western Maryland, he also competing in basketball, baseball, lacrosse, and rifle. Lawrence resigned from his post at Bucknell in early 1958 to return to Baltimore City College as a guidance counselor.[2] He died at the age of 78, on February 20, 1987, at St. Joseph Hospital in Towson, Maryland.[3]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Bucknell Bison (Independent) (1947–1957)
1947 Bucknell 2–7
1948 Bucknell 1–8
1949 Bucknell 6–2
1950 Bucknell 6–3
1951 Bucknell 9–0
1952 Bucknell 6–3
1953 Bucknell 1–8
1954 Bucknell 6–3
1955 Bucknell 2–6–1
1956 Bucknell 3–5
1957 Bucknell 3–6
Bucknell: 45–51–1
Total: 45–51–1


  1. ^ "Harry Lawrence, Of City College, Named Football Coach At Bucknell". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, Maryland. March 12, 1947. p. 27. Retrieved August 11, 2022 – via Newspapers.com open access.
  2. ^ "Lawrence Resigns As B.U. Varsity Mentor". The Daily Item. Sunbury, Pennsylvania. January 25, 1958. p. 11. Retrieved August 11, 2022 – via Newspapers.com open access.
  3. ^ "Harry Lawrence dies; ex-coach at City". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, Maryland. February 20, 1987. p. 7. Retrieved August 11, 2022 – via Newspapers.com open access.
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