Bert LaBrucherie

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Bert LaBrucherie
Bert LaBrucherie.jpg
LaBrucherie pictured in Southern Campus 1946, UCLA yearbook
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1905-01-19)January 19, 1905
Los Angeles, California
Died December 10, 1986(1986-12-10) (aged 81)[1]
Laguna Hills, California
Playing career
1926–1928 UCLA
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1935–1944 Los Angeles HS (CA)
1945–1948 UCLA
1949–1967 Caltech
Head coaching record
Overall 42–137–2 (college football)
60–10–2 (high school football)
Bowls 0–1

Bert F. LaBrucherie (January 19, 1905 – December 10, 1986) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1945 to 1948 and at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) from 1949 to 1967, compiling a career college football record of 42–137–2. LaBrucherie was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987.[2]

Playing career[edit]

LaBrucherie played varsity football for UCLA from 1926 to 1928.

Football coaching career[edit]

After graduating from UCLA in 1929, LaBrucherie coached the football team at Los Angeles High School, his alma mater. As head coach from 1935 to 1944, he had a 60–10–2 record.[3] His team won three "B" team league titles and seven "A" team championships. From 1945 to 1948, he was the head coach for the UCLA Bruins. He then served as the head coach at Caltech from 1949 to 1967. His 1946 UCLA Bruins team lost to Illinois in the 1947 Rose Bowl.

LaBrucherie's overall record at UCLA was 23–16. In his second year as head coach, the Bruins were Pacific Coast Conference champions, and lost to Illinois in the Rose Bowl.[4] LaBrucherie coached the Caltech Beavers for 19 years in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.[5] Though the Caltech coaching position was less demanding, Coach LaBrucherie once explained in an interview that sometimes the players would "line up with the wrong team."[6] Caltech canceled its football program after the 1993 season, and its last football coach was Wendell Jack.

Other sports[edit]

Also while at Caltech, LaBrucherie coached track and cross-country. Under his leadership, the track team posted an overall record of 107–105. After resigning as the head football coach at Caltech, he coached cross-country from 1968 until his retirement in 1973.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

College football[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
UCLA Bruins (Pacific Coast Conference) (1945–1948)
1945 UCLA 5–4 2–3 5th
1946 UCLA 10–1 7–0 1st L Rose 4
1947 UCLA 5–4 4–2 4th
1948 UCLA 3–7 2–6 8th
UCLA: 23–16 15–11
Caltech (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1949–1967)
1949 Caltech
1950 Caltech
1951 Caltech
1952 Caltech
1953 Caltech
1954 Caltech
1955 Caltech
1956 Caltech
1957 Caltech
1958 Caltech
1959 Caltech
1960 Caltech
1961 Caltech
1962 Caltech
1963 Caltech
1964 Caltech
1965 Caltech
1966 Caltech
1967 Caltech
Caltech: 19–121–2
Total: 42–137–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ "LaBrucherie, Former Coach of UCLA, Dies". 1986-12-11. 
  2. ^ "UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  3. ^ "Los Angeles High School". Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  4. ^ "Coach LaBrucherie 1946 Record". Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  5. ^ a b "The Month at Caltech - June 1973" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  6. ^ "The Purists". Time Magazine. 1955-05-16. Retrieved 2007-12-02.