November 15, 1907|
October 14, 1973 (aged 65)|
|Awards||NAIA Coach of the Year (1958)|
Volney C. Ashford (November 15, 1907 – October 14, 1973) was an American football coach. He served as the head coach at Missouri Valley College for 28 season, from 1937 to 1942 and again from 1946 to 1967. He led the Missouri Valley Vikings to nine bowl games, including the Mineral Water Bowl in 1955 and the 1956 Tangerine Bowl.
Ashford left Missouri Valley during World War II to serve in the United States Navy. He was commissioned a lieutenant junior grade and left for the North Carolina Pre-Flight School at Chapel Hill, North Carolina in the spring of 1943. Ashford was later stationed at Iowa City, Iowa and returned to Missouri Valley in December 1945.
Ashford died of a heart attack on October 14, 1973. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
Head coaching record
|Missouri Valley Vikings (Missouri College Athletic Union) (1937–1942)|
|Missouri Valley Vikings (Missouri College Athletic Union) (1946–1967)|
|1947||Missouri Valley||12–0||4–0||1st||W Boys' Ranch Bowl, W Cigar|
|1948||Missouri Valley||9–1–1||4–0||1st||L Refrigerator, T Cigar|
|1949||Missouri Valley||8–3||3–0||1st||L Oleander Bowl|
|1953||Missouri Valley||7–1–1||3–1||2nd||T Cigar|
|1955||Missouri Valley||9–1–1||1–0||1st||W Mineral Water, T Tangerine|
|1958||Missouri Valley||8–1||3–0||1st||L Tangerine|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|†Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.|
- "Sporting Comment". Kansas City, Missouri. April 13, 1943. p. 11. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/55812997/the-kansas-city-star/.
- "Ashford Back On Job". Kansas City, Missouri. December 6, 1945. p. 17. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/55813121/the-kansas-city-times/.
- "Volney Ashford Dies at 65". Kansas City, Missouri. October 15, 1973. p. 28. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/39282321/the_kansas_city_times/.
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