Doyle Royal

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Doyle Royal
Doyle Royal.jpg
Royal at Maryland in 1949
Sport(s) Soccer, tennis
Biographical details
Born (1919-01-29) January 29, 1919 (age 98)
Washington, D.C.
Playing career
1939–1943 Maryland
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1946–1973 Maryland
1954–1980 Maryland
Head coaching record
Overall 217–58–18 (soccer)
296–114–1 (tennis)
Tournaments 12–12–1 (NCAA)
Accomplishments and honors
1 NCAA Championship (1968)
17 ACC Championships (1953–1968, 1971)
3 Southern Conference Championships
2 ACC Championships (1957, 1964)

Doyle P. Royal (born January 29, 1919)[1] was an American collegiate soccer and tennis coach. He coached the University of Maryland soccer team from 1946 to 1973, and the tennis team from 1954 to 1980.

Early life[edit]

Royal was a native of Washington, D.C. from a poor family. In 1939, the University of Maryland tennis head coach, Lesley Bopst, offered him a job and room to enroll at the college. At Maryland, he played both tennis and soccer.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

He became Maryland's first men's soccer head coach in 1946 and served in that position until 1973. In 28 years, the coach compiled a 217–58–18 (.771) record, including a 94–12–6 (.866) mark against Atlantic Coast Conference competition. His winning percentage ranks No. 1 all time among Maryland head coaches, and his number of wins rank No. 2 all time.[3] He led Maryland to the 1968 National Championship, where they tied Michigan State, 2–2, to share the national title.[4] Under Royal, Maryland won 17 Atlantic Coast Conference championships, including 16 outright. The Terrapins captured the conference title each year from 1953 to 1968, sharing the honors with North Carolina in 1966, and added another outright title in 1971.[5]

He was also the school's men's tennis head coach.[6] Royal served as the Maryland tennis from 1954 to 1980 and teams compiled a 296–114–1 record. His combined 513 wins with two different Maryland sports ranks second to Burton Shipley, who amassed 610 wins in basketball and baseball.[2] Royal was also an assistant dean of men at the university.[7]

The University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame inducted Royal in 1988.[8] In 1997, he was residing in Bethesda, Maryland.[9]


  1. ^ "U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1". Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b David Ungrady, Tales From The Maryland Terrapins, pp. 99–100, Sports Publishing LLC, 2003, ISBN 1-58261-688-4.
  3. ^ Coaching History, University of Maryland, retrieved June 4, 2011.
  4. ^ 1968 National Champions, University of Maryland, retrieved June 4, 2011.
  5. ^ 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Archived October 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (PDF), "ACC Men’s Soccer Annual Champions", p. 51, Atlantic Coast Conference, 2009.
  6. ^ ACC MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS, Atlantic Coast Conference, retrieved June 4, 2011.
  7. ^ The Terrapin, p. 103, University of Maryland, 1959.
  8. ^ Wall of Fame Archived July 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., University of Maryland, retrieved June 4, 2011.
  9. ^ Tennis seniors rely on smarts, not speed, The Baltimore Sun, March 21, 1997.