Ralph Jesson

Ralph William Jesson (July 22, 1893 – January 1985) was an American college football coach. He served as the head coach at Loyola College of Los Angeles—now known as Loyola Marymount University—in 1920.

Ralph Jesson
Biographical details
Born(1893-07-22)July 22, 1893
DiedJanuary 1985 (aged 91)
Los Angeles, California
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1920Loyola (CA)
1924–1928John H. Francis Polytechnic HS (CA)
Head coaching record
Overall0–2–1 (college football)


Jesson attended Pomona College, where he played on the football team in 1915.[1] He served as the freshman coach at Occidental College.[2]

In 1920, Jesson served as head coach for Loyola, where he compiled a 0–2–1 record.[3] From 1924 to 1928, he coached the football team at Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles, California.[4][5] From 1930 to 1934, he coached the school's basketball team.[6][7] In the 1930s, he also worked as a football official in the Pacific Coast Conference.[8]

Jesson and his wife, Vivian Rich, the silent film actress, lived in Los Angeles, California. They had three children, the eldest of whom was Ralph William Jr.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs
Loyola Lions (Independent) (1920)
1920 Loyola 0–2–1
Loyola: 0–2–1


  1. Pomona College Quarterly Magazine, Volumes 3–5, p. 90, 1915.
  2. Valenzuela Is Winner Over Jack Milove, The Los Angeles Times, September 9, 1924.
  3. Ralph Jesson Records by Year, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved June 6, 2011.
  4. MECHANICS FACE ROMANS, The Los Angeles Times, November 27, 1924.
  5. HOLLYWOOD MIDGETS WIN, The Los Angeles Times, November 2, 1928.
  6. Jefferson Basketball Quintet Wins Fourth Straight Victory in, Major City Cage Race, The Los Angeles Times, January 18, 1930.
  7. Other 16 -- No Title, The New York Times, January 13, 1934.
  8. Amusements, The Oxnard Daily Courier, November 24, 1933.
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