Dick Romney

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Dick Romney
Romney pictured in Buzzer 1921, Utah Agricultural yearbook
Sport(s) Football, basketball, track
Biographical details
Born (1895-02-12)February 12, 1895
Salt Lake City, Utah
Died February 5, 1969(1969-02-05) (aged 73)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Playing career
1914–1916 Utah
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1919–1948 Utah Agricultural
1919–1941 Utah Agricultural
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1919–1948 Utah Agricultural
1949–1959 Mountain States Conf. (comm.)
Head coaching record
Overall 128–91–16 (football)
224–158 (basketball)
Bowls 0–1
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,[1] 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[2] and was elected to the Helms Athletic Foundation and Hall of Fame as a football coach in 1958.

Early life, family, and playing career[edit]

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.

He 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.[3] In 1916, he was chosen by the Helms Foundation as an All-American Collegiate and A.A.U. Basketball player.

As a member of the U.S. Army's 362nd Infantry, Romney played halfback for the Fort Lewis football team, scoring the only touchdown in a loss to Mare Island's team in the wartime 1918 Rose Bowl.[4]

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.[citation needed]

Coaching career[edit]

In the mid-1920s Romney began a summer school for coaches that he ran in Logan, Utah.[5]


The football stadium at Utah State University, was named Romney Stadium from 1969—2015, after the Hall of Fame coach.

Head coaching record[edit]

College basketball[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Utah Agricultural (Independent) (1919–1923)
1919–20 Utah Agricultural 2–0
1920–21 Utah Agricultural 6–4
1921–22 Utah Agricultural 8–3
1922–23 Utah Agricultural 8–4
Utah Agricultural (Mountain States Conference) (1923–1941)
1923–24 Utah Agricultural 6–6 3–5 2nd
1924–25 Utah Agricultural 12–7 5–5 T–2nd
1925–26 Utah Agricultural 13–5 8–4 1st
1926–27 Utah Agricultural 11–3 9–3 2nd
1927–28 Utah Agricultural 7–7 5–7 2nd
1928–29 Utah Agricultural 8–10 4–8 3rd
1929–30 Utah Agricultural 15–7 7–5 T–1st
1930–31 Utah Agricultural 13–7 7–5 T–2nd
1931–32 Utah Agricultural 7–15 2–10 4th
1932–33 Utah Agricultural 10–12 4–8 3rd
1933–34 Utah Agricultural 14–6 7–5 T–2nd
1934–35 Utah Agricultural 17–5 9–3 1st
1935–36 Utah Agricultural 17–9 9–3 1st
1936–37 Utah Agricultural 6–9 5–7 T–3rd
1937–38 Utah Agricultural 11–9 6–6 4th
1938–39 Utah Agricultural 17–7 8–4 2nd NCAA Elite Eight
1939–40 Utah Agricultural 11–7 7–5 T–3rd
1940–41 Utah Agricultural 5–16 2–10 7th
Utah Agricultural: 224–158 (.586) 107–103 (.510)
Total: 224–158 (.586)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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