Dudley Sargent DeGroot

Dudley Sargent DeGroot
USA Rugby Eagle Profile
Eagle No.59
BornNovember 10, 1899
HometownEl Cajon, CA
Caps XV: 1
College Stanford University

He was born on November 10, 1899 in Chicago, IL, the son of Edward Burton and Sarah DeGroot. Family legend has it that the original DeGroot’s came from the Netherlands in the 17th Century.

Dudley was educated at Stanford University where he excelled at American Football, Basketball, Swimming and Water Polo.

He only played rugby once for the USA as a flanker in the Olympic final against France in 1924.

From 1932 until the start of World War II, he was the head football coach at San Jose State College.

He coached football at various other colleges (e.g. Santa Barbara State; University of Rochester) before becoming coach of the Washington Redskins in 1943. He then was Head Coach at Los Angeles Dons (1946-47), West Virginia Football (1948-49), New Mexico Football (1950-52).

Dudley passed away on May 5, 1970 in El Cajon, CA.

Special thanks to the Rugby History Society for this bio.

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