Leo DeTray

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Leo DeTray
Leo DeTray, University of Chicago.jpg
Biographical details
Born(1883-11-20)November 20, 1883
near Newark, Ohio
DiedOctober 9, 1967(1967-10-09) (aged 83)
San Pierre, Indiana
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1908–1911Chicago (assistant)
1912Ole Miss
1915–1916Knox (IL)
1915–1917Knox (IL)
Head coaching record
Overall10–5–2 (football)
10–10 (basketball)

Leo Carter DeTray (November 20, 1883 – October 9, 1967) was an American football player and coach of football and basketball. He served as the head football the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in 1912 and at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois from 1915 to 1916, compiling a career college football coaching record of 10–5–2. DeTray was also the head basketball coach at Knox from 1915 to 1917, tallying a mark of 10–10.

DeTray was a letterman at the University of Chicago competing as a halfback during his tenure with the Maroons between 1904 and 1907.[1] He served as the head football coach at the University of Mississippi in 1912, where he compiled a record of 5–3 during his lone season.[2]

DeTray later worked as a purchasing agent for an oil company based in Texas. He died on October 9, 1967, at the Little Company of Mary nursing home in San Pierre, Indiana.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Ole Miss Rebels (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1912)
1912 Ole Miss 5–3 2–2 11th
Ole Miss: 5–3 2–2
Knox Prairie Fire (Independent) (1915–1916)
1915 Knox 1–1
1916 Knox 4–1–2
Knox: 5–2–2
Total: 10–5–2


  1. ^ "Will have a heavy team: Leo DeTray will captain a promising bunch of husky Maroons next season". The Pittsburgh Press. December 1, 1906. Retrieved August 31, 2011 – via Google News.
  2. ^ 2010 Ole Miss Football Guide. Oxford, Mississippi: University of Mississippi Athletics Media Relations Office. 2010. p. 169. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  3. ^ "Ex-Maroon Star, De Tray, Dead at 78". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. October 9, 1967. p. 52. Retrieved October 22, 2018 – via Newspapers.com open access publication – free to read.