Dudley DeGroot

Dudley DeGroot
Dudley DeGroot
DeGroot, c. 1949
Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball, track and field, swimming, water polo, rugby
Biographical details
Born November 10, 1899(1899-11-10)
Place of birth Chicago, Illinois
Died May 5, 1970(1970-05-05) (aged 70)
Place of death El Cajon, California
Playing career



Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)



Track & field

Santa Barbara State
San Jose State
Rochester (NY)
Washington Redskins
Los Angeles Dons
West Virginia
New Mexico

Santa Barbara State

Santa Barbara State

Santa Barbara State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1926–1928 Santa Barbara State
Head coaching record
Overall 117–67–9 (college football)
26–16–3 (NFL/AAFC)
8–24 (college basketball)
2–4 (college baseball)
Bowls 1–0
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
2 NCAC (1932, 1934)
1 CCAA (1939)
All-American, 1922
Medal record
Men's rugby union
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1924 Paris Rugby

Dudley Sargent "Dud" DeGroot (November 10, 1899 – May 5, 1970) was an American athlete and coach, primarily of American football. He served as the head coach for the NFL's Washington Redskins from 1944 and 1945, tallying a mark of 14–5–1; his winning percentage of .737 is the best in franchise history for coaches with at least one full season. DeGroot was also the head football coach at Santa Barbara State College—now the University of California, Santa Barbara (1926–1928), San Jose State University (1932–1939), the University of Rochester (1940–1943), West Virginia University (1948–1949), and the University of New Mexico (1950–1952), compiling a career college football record of 117–67–9. In addition, he served as the head coach of the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference from 1946 to 1947.


Playing career

DeGroot's collegiate participation in sports records that at Stanford University he competed in basketball, football, swimming, and water polo. Playing under the legendary coach, Glenn "Pop" Warner, he became the Stanford Cardinal football team captain in 1922 and their first All-American athlete.

In both 1923 and 1924, DeGroot was the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America, 4A, ICAAAA, or IC4A, backstroke champion.

DeGroot was a member of the United States rugby team that won an Olympic gold medal during the 1924 competition in Paris.

Coaching career

DeGroot's early coaching career included Santa Barbara State College, which is now one of the University of California campuses, and Menlo Junior College, the college level portion of Menlo School which became Menlo College in 1927 and now is independent, although they continue to share the same campus.

From 1932 through 1939, DeGroot was the head football coach at San Jose State University, where he put together a 59–19–8 record for the Spartans. His best season there came in 1939, when his team went undefeated and had outscored opponents 324 to 29. As of 2006 on a list published on Mercury News of the seven biggest turnarounds for a single season in the history of the Spartans, only DeGroot is listed twice, for 1932 and 1937. The statistics for these are: the record for the 1932 season is 7–0–2 with a previous season of 1–7 and a margin of six and, the record for the 1937 season is 11–2–1 with a previous season of 5–4 and another margin of six.

His next team leadership was at the University of Rochester, where he was football coach from 1940 through 1943. DeGroot's record there was 24–6.

Moving to professional sports, he then took over the Washington Redskins, a National Football League (NFL) team, in Washington, D.C. Although they lost the NFL championship for that year by one point, 15–14, to the Cleveland Rams, the Redskins won the Eastern Division title in 1945 with DeGroot as their coach. During two seasons with the Los Angeles Dons of the new All-America Football Conference, DeGroot's record was 14–12–2.

DeGroot returned to collegiate coaching as the head football coach at West Virginia University during 1948 through 1949. His record for the West Virginia Mountaineers was 13–9–1. At the University of New Mexico from 1950 through 1952, DeGroot's record was 13–17 for the Lobos.

Outside of sports

DeGroot received his doctorate degree in education and was recognized as one of the foremost oologists and ornithologists in the United States. His work in oology continues to be discussed in scientific publications.[1]


DeGroot died at the age of 70 on May 5, 1970 at his home in El Cajon, California.[2]

Head coaching record

College football

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Santa Barbara State Gauchos () (1926–1928)
1926 Santa Barbara State 2–4
1927 Santa Barbara State 2–7
1928 Santa Barbara State 4–5
Santa Barbara State: 8–16
San Jose State Spartans (Northern California Athletic Conference) (1932–1934)
1932 San Jose State 7–0–2 T–1st
1933 San Jose State 5–4
1934 San Jose State 3–3–4 T–1st
San Jose State Spartans (Independent) (1935–1938)
1935 San Jose State 5–5–1
1936 San Jose State 5–4
1937 San Jose State 11–2–1
1938 San Jose State 11–1
San Jose State Spartans (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (1939)
1939 San Jose State 13–0 1st
San Jose State: 60–19–8
Rochester Yellowjackets () (1940–1943)
1940 Rochester 4–3
1941 Rochester 6–1
1942 Rochester 7–1
1943 Rochester 6–1
Rochester: 23–6
West Virginia Mountaineers (NCAA University Division Independent) (1948–1949)
1948 West Virginia 9–3 W Sun
1949 West Virginia 4–6–1
West Virginia: 13–9–1
New Mexico Lobos (Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1950)
1950 New Mexico 2–8 2–5 7th
New Mexico Lobos (Skyline Eight) (1952)
1951 New Mexico 4–7 2–4
1952 New Mexico 7–2 5–1 2nd
New Mexico: 13–17 9–10
Total: 117–67–9
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title

See also


  1. ^ Henderson, Carrol L., Oology, Ralph's Talking Eggs: Bird Conservation Comes Out of Its Shell
  2. ^ "DR. DUDLEY DEGROOT, EX-FOOTBALL COACH". The New York Times. Associated Press. May 7, 1970. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive/pdf?res=FA0E14FB3E5C1A7493C5A9178ED85F448785F9. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 

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