Lee Royer

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Lee Royer
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born c. 1938
Died November 20, 1973
Conecuh County, Alabama
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1962–1963 Pennsylvania Military
1964 Connecticut (assistant)
1965 Boston College (DB)
1971–1972 Navy (assistant)
1973 Lynchburg 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


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