G. Ott Romney
|Sport(s)||Football, basketball, track|
December 12, 1892|
Salt Lake City, Utah
|Died||May 3, 1973
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
George Ottinger Romney (December 12, 1892 – May 3, 1973) was an American football player, coach of football, basketball, and track, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Montana State College—now Montana State University—from 1922 to 1927 and at Brigham Young University (BYU) from 1928 to 1936, compiling a career college football record of 72–51–8. Romney was also the head basketball coach at Montana Agricultural from 1922 to 1928 and at BYU from 1928 to 1935, amassing a career college basketball mark of 283–102. In addition, Romney coached track at BYU and served as the school's athletic director.
Romney was the third head football coach at Brigham Young University (BYU). He coached for nine years, from 1928 to 1936. His overall record at BYU was 44–31–6. His best year in coaching was in 1932 when he went 8–1 and took second in the Rocky Mountain Conference.
Honors, family, death
Montana State University honored Romney by naming the first Gymnasium built on campus after him. Although later replaced as the main sports facility by a large multipurpose field house named for John "Brick" Breeden, the Romney Gymnasium still stands on the main quad of the Bozeman campus and houses many intramural sports and physical fitness classes.
Romney is a distant relative of former Michigan Governor George W. Romney and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. G. Ott Romney was named after his maternal grandfather George M. Ottinger although, since his father was George Ernest Romney and his other grandfather was also named George Romney, it might have been more complex than this. He died of a heart ailment in 1973.
Head coaching record
|Montana Agricultural Bobcats (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) (1922–1927)|
|BYU Cougars (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) (1928–1936)|
- "College Football Historical Records". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
- Salt Lake Tribune, Friday, May 4, 1973, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States Of America