Romney pictured in Buzzer 1921, Utah Agricultural yearbook
|Sport(s)||Football, basketball, track|
February 12, 1895|
Salt Lake City, Utah
|Died||February 5, 1969
Salt Lake City, Utah
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
Mountain States Conf. (comm.)
|Head coaching record|
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
3 RMAC (1921, 1935–1936)
1 Mountain States (1946)
|College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1954 (profile)
Ernest Lowell "Dick" Romney (February 12, 1895 – February 5, 1969) was an American football and basketball player and coach, track athlete, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach and athletic director at the Agricultural College of Utah, now Utah State University, from 1918 to 1949, compiling a career college football record of 128–91–16. Romney was also the head basketball coach at Utah Agricultural from 1919 to 1941, tallying a college basketball mark of 224–158. He served as the commissioner of the Mountain States Conference from 1949 to 1959. Romney was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1954 and was elected to the Helms Athletic Foundation and Hall of Fame as a football coach in 1958.
Early life, family, and playing career
Romney was born in Salt Lake City to George Romney and Hannah Ottinger Romney. "Dick" was a nickname to given him by his mother. He married Elizabeth ("Beth") Horlick of Salt Lake City in 1917.
Romney graduated from the University of Utah where he lettered in football (playing as a running back), basketball, baseball, and track. He was a member of the A.A.U. national championship basketball team of 1916. In 1916, he was chosen by the Helms Foundation as an All-American Collegiate and A.A.U. Basketball player.
Romney's brothers—G. Ott Romney, W. W. "Woody" Romney, Milton Romney and Floyd Romney—were all gifted athletes. Milt Romney played college football at Utah and Chicago as a quarterback and later coached at Texas and for the Racine Cardinals. From 1925 to 1928, Milt was a quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. Romney was a cousin of former Governors George Romney of Michigan and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.
Head coaching record
|Utah Agricultural (Independent) (1919–1923)|
|Utah Agricultural (Mountain States Conference) (1923–1941)|
|1938–39||Utah Agricultural||17–7||8–4||2nd||NCAA Elite Eight|
|Utah Agricultural:||224–158 (.586)||107–103 (.510)|
- Dick Romney at the College Football Hall of Fame
- Dick Romney at the College Football Data Warehouse
- Dick Romney at College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com