He was born on 20th
November 1899 in
the son of Edward Burton and Sarah DeGroot. Family legend has it that the
original DeGrootís came from the
in the 17th Century.
where he excelled at American Football, Basketball, Swimming and Water Polo.
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
He only played
rugby once for the
as a flanker in the Olympic final against
squad training in
before Olympic Games in
. 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,
. Front Row: Rogers, Hyland, Hunter, O'Neill, Cleveland, Muldoon, Scholz.
1932 until the start of World War 2, he was Head Coach (American Football) at
the American Football Coaching staff at
. 1935 Wilbur V. "Bill" Hubbard, Assistant Coach. Horace
S. "Dud" DeGroot, Head Coach. Image courtesy of Steve Faulk.
in the late 1930s at
. Image courtesy of Steve Faulk.
1939 he wrote the book A
History Of Physical Education In
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.
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
died on 5th May 1970 in
younger brother, Edward Burton DeGroot Jnr, was the manager of the
menís national volleyball team at the 1963 and 1971 Pan American Games and
the 1964 Olympic Games.
his brother Burt DeGroot, another Stanford man, who died in 2003