G. Ott Romney

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G. Ott Romney
Sport(s) Football, basketball, track
Biographical details
Born (1892-12-12)December 12, 1892
Salt Lake City, Utah
Died May 3, 1973(1973-05-03) (aged 80)
Washington, D.C.
Playing career
1910–1912 Utah
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1922–1927 Montana State
1928–1936 BYU
1922–1928 Montana State
1928–1935 BYU
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1928–1936 BYU
Head coaching record
Overall 72–51–8 (football)
283–102 (basketball)

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.

Coaching career[edit]

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.[1]

Honors, family, death[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Montana Agricultural Bobcats (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) (1922–1927)
1922 Montana Agricultural 4–4
1923 Montana Agricultural 5–4 1–2 7th
1924 Montana Agricultural 5–1–1 2–1–1 3rd
1925 Montana Agricultural 6–5 1–4 10th
1926 Montana Agricultural 4–2–1 4–0 2nd
1927 Montana Agricultural 4–4 3–1 3rd
Montana Agricultural: 28–20–2
BYU Cougars (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) (1928–1936)
1928 BYU 3–3–1 1–3–1 10th
1929 BYU 5–3 4–2 T–4th
1930 BYU 5–2–4 4–1–1 3rd
1931 BYU 4–4 2–3 7th
1932 BYU 8–1 5–1 2nd
1933 BYU 5–4 5–3 5th
1934 BYU 4–5 3–5 7th
1935 BYU 4–4 3–4 T–7th
1936 BYU 4–5 4–4 6th
BYU: 44–31–6 31–26–2
Total: 72–51–8


  1. ^ "College Football Historical Records". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  2. ^ https://news.google.com/archivesearch?q=%22nickname+of+Milton+Romney%22&hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8
  3. ^ Salt Lake Tribune, Friday, May 4, 1973, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States Of America

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