Bill Weeks was born in Hampton, Iowa on October 20, 1929. He was the youngest of three children born to Dr. and Mrs. Uzziel William Weeks and has two sisters, Mary Catherine Weeks and Mrs. Jane Young. Weeks graduated from Hampton High School in May, 1947. As a student athlete, Weeks earned three football letters, three basketball letters and two track letters. On the gridiron he was a 3-year starting quarterback earning all-state honors as a senior. That same year he was voted team MVP on Hampton’s last undefeated and untied football team in the Fall of 1946. On the basketball court, Weeks was a three-year starter at forward and guard while earning all-conference honors in his junior and senior years. Weeks also excelled in track and field. He was a low hurdler and 440 runner and set conference and district records in the 200-yard low hurdles. Upon graduation Weeks received a primary appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. He decided however, to attend Iowa State University for one year to prepare for the Naval Academy. While enrolled at ISU he was prevailed upon by Abe Stuber, ISU’s football coach, as well as Helen Patricia Hussey (ISU Class of 1950) who later would become his wife, to stay and complete his college career at Iowa State University. Weeks attended Iowa State from 1947-1950 and played on the ISU freshman football, basketball and track teams, achieving freshman numerals in football and basketball. Weeks became the starting quarterback at Iowa State from 1948 to 1950. He was an All- Seven Conference Quarterback choice in his junior (1949) and senior (1950) years; finishing third in the nation in total offense in 1950. Weeks set Big Seven and Iowa Stat records for passing yardage and completions and was selected Iowa State “Athlete of the 1949-1950 School Year”. In 1968, he was voted #1 All-Time Quarterback on Cyclone All- Star team by former ISU players and coaches. He graduated from ISU with honors, Cardinal Key, in May of 1951, with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Industrial Economics. Eight days after graduation Weeks commissioned into the Marines Corps. He represented ISU in the East-West Shrine Game in San Francisco on December 31, 1950; as well as in the Hula Bowl All Star Game in January 7, 1951; and was set to play in the Chicago Tribune All Star Game, August 1951, but was called to active duty by the Marine Corps and was forced to miss the game. In the Spring of 1951 Weeks was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles and planned to play professional football upon completion of his active duty tour in the Marine Corps. While on active duty status Weeks was able to continue with his football career playing quarterback for the Quantico Marines in 1951 and with the Camp Lejeune Marines in 1952. In 1952, while still on active duty Bill married his college sweetheart, Helen Patricia (Pat) Hussey. After serving his active duty tour and looking forward to playing football for the Philadelphia Eagles, tragedy struck when he and Pat were involved in an automobile accident that damaged Bill’s Achilles tendon and ended any possibility of a professional football career. Weeks returned to Iowa State in 1953 and worked as a graduate assistant coaching the ISU freshman team; while attaining his Master of Science degree in psychology. He graduated in 1954, with Psi Chi academic honors. Upon completion of his master’s degree, Weeks decided to give high school coaching a shot and became the Head Football Coach at Grinnell (Iowa) High School, a Class A school playing in a Class AA conference. He thought he would coach there for a few years before heading off to law school. His first year record was 4-5, but it marked the first time in 10 seasons that Grinnell had won a conference game. Shortly thereafter, he and Pat gave birth to the first of their five children, Susan Mary Weeks. His second year record at Grinnell was 5-3-1. After his second year, Weeks was lured to the University of New Mexico by friend and Head Football Coach Dick Clausen. Weeks was ends coach and chief scout on Clausen’s staff in 1956 and 1957. During this period the Weeks family welcomed the addition of Katherine Ann and Thomas William into their family. In 1958, Coach Clausen left UNM to become the Athletic Director at the University of Arizona and Marv Levy took over as Head Coach and Weeks became the backfield coach. During 1958, the Weeks family welcomed the birth of their fourth child, James Michael. Two years later in 1960, Weeks took over the Head Coaching spot after Coach Levy accepted the Head Coaching position at the University of California. From 1956 -1959 the Lobo football team racked up a 22-18 record. When Weeks took over the Lobo football program in 1960, he was 31 years old and the youngest coach in UNM’s history. In 1961, the Weeks family was once again blessed with the birth of their fifth child, John David. After starting his head coaching career with a 5-5 season, Weeks and the Lobos tallied the most successful four-year run in UNM's history. Between 1961 and 1964, the Lobos won 29 games against 12 losses and one tie. In 1961, New Mexico finished 7-4 and won the Aviation Bowl in Dayton, Ohio with a 29-12 victory over Western Michigan. The Lobos won the Western Athletic Conference titles in 1962 and 1963 and tied for the crown in 1964. Weeks compiled a record of 40-41-1 as head coach between 1960 and 1967; winning three conference championships, more than any other head coach in Lobo football history; and remained the coach with the school's most wins until Coach Rocky Long, 1998 to 2008, surpassed him in September of 2005. When asked to reflect upon the Weeks era, Coach Long commented that, "Every Lobo head coach to follow Bill Weeks has been trying to reach the level that his teams attained. Winning three straight conference championships, no matter what era, is extremely difficult”. At the end of the 1967 season, Weeks decided to forgo coaching in favor of focusing on setting down solid roots and raising their young family of five children in a stable environment. Weeks remained at the University of New Mexico where he served as the Director of Development, Director of External Affairs and the Executive Assistant to the President. He retired from the University of New Mexico in June of 1986. Weeks was inducted into UNM's Athletic Hall of Honor in 2005 and became an Honorary UNM Letterman. His 1961 team was inducted into the Hall of Honor in 1990. Bill Weeks was also inducted into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. Of all the kind remarks that have been made to the Weeks family over the years, one of the kindest remarks and one that Bill would most like to be remembered for as a coach, came from George Friberg, Lobos quarterback from 1958-60, who knew Bill as an assistant, as well as a head coach, when he remarked , "He was very cerebral. He was a very, very smart person and understood the offensive side of football. He was quite a gentleman. He wanted that in us and conducted himself that way." Bill and Patricia Weeks celebrated their Golden wedding in July 2002. Together they raised five children and have fourteen grandchildren. In 1981, Weeks retired from the USMCR with the rank of Colonel. Bill Weeks passed away May 2, 2006.