Lee Royer

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Lee Royer
Biographical details
Bornc. 1938
DiedNovember 20, 1973
Conecuh County, Alabama
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1962–1963Pennsylvania Military
1964Connecticut (assistant)
1965Boston College (DB)
1971–1972Navy (assistant)
1973Lynchburg Baptist

Harold Lee "Rock" Royer (c. 1938 – November 22, 1973) was an American football coach best known for his role as the father of Liberty University football. He was the school's first ever head coach before dying in a plane crash while caught up in tornadic winds in his Cherokee 6 on November 20, 1973.[1] He also was a noted Baptist evangelist[2] and was known in collegiate football circles as "Coach Born Again".[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Royer left the United States Naval Academy where he had served as defensive coordinator to start up the football program at Lynchburg Baptist College, now called Liberty University. He served as the school's first head coach leading the Flames to a 3-3 record including three straight victories to end the inaugural season.[4] He also served as an assistant coach at Maryland[5] and he spent two seasons early in his career as head coach at Pennsylvania Military College, now called Widener University.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Pennsylvania Military Cadets () (1962–1963)
1962 Pennsylvania Military 5–5
1963 Pennsylvania Military 3–6
Widener: 8–11
Lynchburg Baptist Flames (Independent) (1973)
1973 Lynchburg Baptist 3–3
Lynchburg Baptist: 3–3
Total: 11–14


  1. ^ "Bio by Ken Hay in The Wilds Newsletter, Fall 2007, p. 6" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  2. ^ "Dr. Wendell Kempton Obituary mentioning Royer's widow". Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  3. ^ "Dr. Don Callan on Royer in The Sting, Winter 2004, Vol. 21, No. 8, P. 2" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  4. ^ "Liberty Coaching History" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  5. ^ "The M Club History Records". Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  6. ^ "2006 Widener College Football Media Guide, p. 44" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-03-02.

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