|Born||July 7, 1918|
De Soto, Iowa
|Died||March 18, 2000 (aged 81)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
34–26–3 (junior college)
|Accomplishments and honors|
|1 Skyline (1954)|
7 Ivy (1958, 1962–1963, 1965–1966, 1969–1970)
|Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award (1970)|
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (1991)
|College Football Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 1987 (profile)
Robert L. Blackman (July 7, 1918 – March 18, 2000) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Denver (1953–1954), Dartmouth College (1955–1970), the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (1971–1976), and Cornell University (1977–1982), compiling a career college football record of 168–112–7. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1987.
Early years and playing career
Blackman was born in De Soto, Iowa on July 7, 1918. He played football at the University of Southern California, beginning in 1937. Blackman was named a captain of the freshmen team, but stopped playing after being stricken with polio. He was named an assistant coach at USC while still an undergraduate student.
After head coaching stints at the San Diego Naval Academy, Pasadena City College, and the University of Denver, Blackman was named head coach at Dartmouth College in 1955, where he was universally known among players and students alike as "The Bullet." In 16 seasons under Blackman, Dartmouth had a record of 104–37–3, including undefeated seasons in 1962, 1965, and 1970 while leading Dartmouth to their first conference title in 60 years in 1958. They would win it six more times in his tenure, including his final season in 1970. In his final season at Dartmouth, Blackman received the Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award.
In 1971, Blackman became the head coach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In six seasons with the Fighting Illini, Blackman had a record of 29–36–1. Blackman returned to the Ivy League in 1977, where he replaced George Seifert as head coach of the Cornell University Big Red until 1982.
Later years and death
Head coaching record
|Denver Pioneers (Skyline Conference) (1953–1954)|
|Dartmouth Indians (Independent) (1955)|
|Dartmouth Indians (Ivy League) (1956–1970)|
|Illinois Fighting Illini (Big Ten Conference) (1971–1976)|
|Cornell Big Red (Ivy League) (1977–1981)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
- Wallace, William N. (March 30, 2000). "Bob Blackman, 81, Coach of Dartmouth Football, Is Dead". The New York Times.