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Dudley Sargent DeGroot


He was born on 20th November 1899 in Chicago , Illinois the son of Edward Burton and Sarah DeGroot. Family legend has it that the original DeGrootís came from the Netherlands in the 17th Century.

Dudley was educated at Stanford University where he excelled at American Football, Basketball, Swimming and Water Polo.

Above Dudley at Stanford University in 1924


Above his passport photo for the trip to the Olympics in 1924

Above his wife Alice (nee Roth). She accompanied him to the 1924 Olympic Games and they were married on their return to the US .

He only played rugby once for the USA as a flanker in the Olympic final against France in 1924.

Above the USA squad training in England before Olympic Games in Paris . Photo taken at Plymouth Rugby Club. Back Row (L-R): Sam Goodman (Manager), Valentine, Cashel, Williams, B, Slater (Cpt), Farish, Clark, Patrick, N. Slater, DeGroot, Charles Austin (Coach) Middle Row: Graff, Turkington, Deveraux, Mannelli, Doe, Cunningham, Dixon . Front Row: Rogers, Hyland, Hunter, O'Neill, Cleveland, Muldoon, Scholz.

From 1932 until the start of World War 2, he was Head Coach (American Football) at San Jose College .

Above the American Football Coaching staff at San Jose . 1935 Wilbur V. "Bill" Hubbard, Assistant Coach. Horace Laughlin-Team Captain. Dudley S. "Dud" DeGroot, Head Coach. Image courtesy of Steve Faulk.


Dudley in the late 1930s at San Jose College . Image courtesy of Steve Faulk.


In 1939 he wrote the book A History Of Physical Education In California (1848-1939).

Above Degroot on the cover of Life magazine in 1947. Image courtesy of Steve Faulk.

Above Degroot with the LA Dons American Football squad Image courtesy of Steve Faulk.

Dudley DeGroot circa 1949


He coached American Football at various colleges before becoming coach of the Washington Redskins in 1943. He then was Head Coach at Los Angeles Dons (1946-47), West Virginia Football (1948-49), New Mexico Football (1950-52).

Dudley died on 5th May 1970 in El Cajon , California

His younger brother, Edward Burton DeGroot Jnr, was the manager of the USA menís national volleyball team at the 1963 and 1971 Pan American Games and the 1964 Olympic Games.

Above his brother Burt DeGroot, another Stanford man, who died in 2003



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