Tony DeLellis

Anthony R. DeLellis (August 1, 1916 – September 6, 2003) was an American college football coach. He served as the head coach at Loyola Marymount University in 1946.

Tony DeLellis
Biographical details
Born(1916-08-01)August 1, 1916
DiedSeptember 6, 2003(2003-09-06) (aged 87)
Playing career
1937–1939Loyola (CA)
Position(s)Halfback, quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1946Loyola (CA)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1946Loyola (CA)
Head coaching record


DeLellis played as a halfback and quarterback at Loyola Marymount.[1][2] Because of his diminutive stature, he was once described as "the iron mite of 155 pounds".[3] In 1939, Mike Pecarovich took over as head coach from Tom Lieb and demoted DeLellis to the third string early in the season. However, he worked his way back to the top of the roster.[2] In November, The Los Angeles Times wrote, "on the Loyola side, it became increasingly apparent that just about the best football player, pound for pound, in these parts is little Tony DeLellis."[4]

In 1943, DeLellis was hired as football coach at Loyola Marymount,[5] but the football program did not compete during World War II.[6] In 1946, football resumed at Loyola, and DeLellis coached the team to a 5–4 record in his only season there.[7] He also served as the school's athletic director.[8] In February 1947, he was forced to resign his post as head coach.[9]

His son,[10] also named Anthony R. DeLellis, played at Stanford as a fullback from 1961 to 1963.[11]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs
Loyola Lions (Independent) (1946)
1946 Loyola 5–4
Loyola: 5–4


  1. Gaels Overwhelm Loyola, 40 to 7, Berkeley Daily Gazette, December 2, 1939.
  2. 'Cats Slow In Game Prepping, Prescott Evening Courier, December 9, 1939.
  3. Phil Cook Latest Quarterback Hope at Loyola Grid Camp, Los Angeles Times, October 31, 1939.
  4. Lion-Gael Game Still Planned for Coliseum, The Los Angeles Times, November 28, 1939.
  5. Loyola Grids Drill Today; Coach De Lellis Has Hopes for Squad of Thirty-five Players, The Los Angeles Times, March 22, 1943.
  6. 30 Gaels Out For Football, Berkeley Daily Gazette, September 2, 1943.
  7. Tony DeLellis Records by Year, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved June 6, 2011.
  8. New Loyola Line Coach, Reading Eagle, March 8, 1946.
  9. Sportscripts, The Los Angeles Times, February 2, 1947.
  10. But Indians Lack Speed, The Los Angeles Times, July 22, 1962.
  11. "All-Time Letterwinners", 2010 Stanford Football Media Guide, p. 185, Stanford University, 2010.
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