William Matthew “Bill” Strannigan

Basketball Coach, 1940-42

As a coach and athlete, Bill Strannigan was one of the most productive cowboys of all-time. One of Wyoming’s first basketball All-Americans and a three-time All-Skyline basketball player, strannigan lifted the Cowboys from two consecutive losing seasons to a 1941 conference title. He led the team in scoring and was named to Chuck Taylor’s All-American team as a junior. Known as “Billy the Kid,” the talented Strannigan ran the single wing as a football tailback in 1940, and he won All-Skyline honors as a baseball pitcher in 1941 and 1942. Strannigan returned to Wyoming in 1959 to guide the Cowboy basketball team. His up-tempo style yielded 179 career victories over 14 seasons, the second highest total among UW coaches. He coached Wyoming to one NCAA tournament appearance and two NIT tournaments.

Inducted September 16, 1994

Honors and Awards

  • All-Skyline Conference, 1941 & 42
  • Chuck Taylor All-American
  • 179 Career Coaching Victories