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William Pellum

#13 William Pellum, Class of 86

I entered COD in the fall of 1984 as a 17-year-old kid that had dreams of playing college football. Graduating from Palm Springs H.S. (84’), I was looking to be a good college student-athlete so I didn't play football. I focused on my studies. Then Head Football Coach, John Marmon, talked to me about playing football at COD and I had every intention of playing in the fall of 1985.

When the Summer of 85’ came and I didn’t show up for practice, coach Marmon called me that night and told me to get to practice in the morning. I did and 21 games later we won 16 games in two years and the S.C.A.C. (Southern Cal. Athletic Conference) Bowl Championship. That turned out to be the first Bowl Championship the Roadrunners football program won. The team has won more since.

I was an all State split-end and was highly recruited by many schools. I settled on Washington State University where I transferred in January 1987. I received my B.S. in Social Science, the summer of 1989 and as a full scholarship player, playing for the Cougars of WSU, won the Eagle Aloha Bowl on Christmas Day 1988!

I wrote a book about my college experience called Catching Dreams @ by Will E. Pellum. My older brother, Tyrone Robinson, and younger brother, Roman Pellum, also played football at COD and went on to play major college football.

I now work for the City of Palm Springs in Parks and Recreation, as a Recreation Program Coordinator. I’ve also served my country in the Army, 1991-1994; and coach at Palm Springs H.S. now for more than two decades. Go Runners!!!