Don Shroyer

Donald Gene Shroyer (November 24, 1925 – July 7, 2013) was an American football and baseball coach. He served as the head football coach at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois from 1956 to 1961 and at Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 1964 to 1965, compiling a career college football coaching record of 32–35–1. Shroyer was also the head baseball coach at Millikin from 1957 to 1959, tallying a mark of 28–15. From 1962 to 1963, he was an assistant coach for St. Louis Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL).[1]

Don Shroyer
Biographical details
Born(1925-11-24)November 24, 1925
Lovington, Illinois
DiedJuly 7, 2013(2013-07-07) (aged 87)
Decatur, Illinois
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1951–1965Carmi HS (IL)
1962–1963St. Louis Cardinals (assistant)
1964–1965Southern Illinois
Head coaching record
Overall32–35–1 (college football)
28–15 (college baseball)
36–11–3 (high school football)
Accomplishments and honors
1 CCIW (1961)
NAIA Coach of the Year (1961)

Playing career

As a player at Millikin University, Shroyer was all-conference halfback in football for three consecutive years and all-conference champion in track in the broad jump.[2]

Coaching career


After a brief stint in the high school ranks, Shoyer returned to his alma mater, Millikin University, for his first college head coaching job and led the team from 1956 until 1961, accumulating a record of 28–19–1[3] with an undefeated season in 1961.[2]

Southern Illinois

After Millikin, Shoyer became the tenth head football coach at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and he held that position for two seasons, from 1964 until 1965. His record at Southern Illinois was 4–16.[4]

Head coaching record

College football

Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs
Millikin Big Blue (College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin) (1956–1961)
1956 Millikin 6–26–12nd
1967 Millikin 4–3–14–2–14th
1958 Millikin 2–62–56th
1959 Millikin 2–62–5T–6th
1960 Millikin 6–23–2T–2nd
1961 Millikin 8–06–01st
Millikin: 28–19–123–15–1
Southern Illinois Salukis (NCAA College Division independent) (1964–1965)
1964 Southern Illinois 2–8
1965 Southern Illinois 2–8
Southern Illinois: 4–16
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


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