Hugh McDermott

Hugh McDermott (1893-1978)

Teams coached: Oklahoma Sooners
Oklahoma record: 185-106 (.636)
Overall record: 185-106 (.636)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1921-1938 Oklahoma

Hugh McDermott Facts

  • Hugh Virgil McDermott
  • Born November 19, 1893
  • Died July 29, 1978
  • Alma Mater: University of Oklahoma (BA)
  • Played basketball at Oklahoma for head coach Bennie Owen; also played football for the Sooners
    • Before arriving at OU, McDermott served in the Army Air Corps at Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas
  • Spent 17 years as the Sooners’ head coach, going 185-106 during that tenure
    • Went 18-0 in 1927-28 to win the MVC title and then a year later, the first year of the Big Eight (then Big Six), went 13-2 (10-0) and won the Big Six title
    • That 1928 team was led by Bruce Drake, an All-American who would later succeed McDermott as head coach
  • Resigned as coach in 1938 and took a job as head of OU’s physical education department

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