Curtis Youel

Curtis Youel (June 8, 1911 August 3, 1968) was an American football player and coach. He was the head football coach of Santa Monica City College from 1936 to 1954 and its athletic director until 1968.

Curtis Youel
Biographical details
Born(1911-06-08)June 8, 1911
DiedAugust 3, 1968(1968-08-03) (aged 57)
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
19361954Santa Monica City College
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
19361968Santa Monica City College

Collegiate athletic career

Youel played for Howard Jones' Thundering Herd from 1931 to 1933.[1] The USC Trojans won two national championships in a row in 1931 and 1932.[2] Youel played the position of center and lettered all three years.[3]

The 1932 team reportedly had the best defense in the history of the program. The defensive unit allowed only two touchdowns all season. The defensive line consisted of All-American Aaron Rosenberg, Tay Brown, Ernie Smith, J. Dye, Byron Gentry, Ray Sparling, Robert Erskine, Curt Youel, Julius Bescos.[4] Curtis Youel wore number 35 and is on the list of all time 35s as noted on the Tribute to Troy website and the USC alumni site.[5] The Trojans beat Pittsburgh in the 1933 Rose Bowl, 350, completing a record defensive year, allowing only two touchdowns.[6]

Youel also lettered in baseball in the 1932 season.[7] He played first base. He later turned down a professional baseball contract with the Chicago White Sox to coach instead, according to his son Bradley.

Coaching career

He also coached baseball and golf. His golf teams were renowned in the 1950s. They won more than 100 matches and lost six according to the Santa Monica Evening Outlook in August 1968, written by Carl White, sports editor in his column "follow the ball".


  1. "Thundering Herd".
  2. "1932 national championship".
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2008-03-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "TributeToTroy". Archived from the original on 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
  5. "35".
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2008-03-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. "University of Southern California Official Athletic Site - University of Southern California".
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