Bob DeMoss
DeMoss from the 1947 Purdue yearbook
Biographical details
Born(1927-01-27)January 27, 1927
Dayton, Kentucky, U.S.
DiedJuly 23, 2017(2017-07-23) (aged 90)
West Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.
Playing career
1949New York Bulldogs
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1950–1969Purdue (assistant)
Head coaching record

Robert Alonzo DeMoss (January 27, 1927 – July 23, 2017) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Purdue University from 1970 to 1972, compiling a career college football record of 13–18.[1]

Early life

DeMoss was born on January 27, 1927, in Dayton, Kentucky.[2] He earned a bachelor's degree in forestry during his college years at Purdue University.[3][4]


Football playing

DeMoss played football as a quarterback at Purdue from 1945 to 1948.[2] He helped the Boilermakers win their first four games and move into the national rankings at No. 9. The next week, he led the Boilermakers into Ohio Stadium, where they routed the #4 team in the country, 35-13[5][6] He was then selected in the second round of the 1949 NFL Draft by the New York Bulldogs, for whom he played in 1949.[2] DeMoss was selected again in the 22nd round of the 1950 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, but retired from playing to become an assistant football coach at Purdue.[5]

Assistant coach

For 20 years, beginning in 1950, DeMoss was an assistant football coach where he was credited with developing Purdue's reputation as the 'cradle of quarterbacks,' having recruited and coached the likes of Dale Samuels, Len Dawson, Bernie Allen, Bob Griese, Mike Phipps and Gary Danielson.[7] As assistant athletics director, DeMoss oversaw the baseball, men's cross country, men's golf, men's swimming and diving, men's tennis, men's track and field, and wrestling programs.[7]

Purdue head coach

In 1970, DeMoss replaced Jack Mollenkopf as head coach.[8] Two days after Mollenkopf announced his retirement, DeMoss was named his successor, becoming the third and most-recent Purdue alum to serve as head coach.[8] DeMoss inherited a Purdue squad who was loaded at the running back position with Stan Brown, and Otis Armstrong, but the team struggled to find consistency out of its quarterback position.[9] DeMoss resigned following the 1972 season, citing his desire to be with his family more as his reason for stepping down.[10] DeMoss compiled a career college football record of 13–18.[11]

In DeMoss' three seasons as head coach, the Boilermakers posted an 11-12 Big Ten mark.[3] On October 3, 1970, Purdue upset third-ranked Stanford University with a 26-14 scoring on the road, earning DeMoss Coach of the Week laurels by United Press International.[3] DeMoss resigned as coach on December 3, 1972, making him the last quarterback to coach the Boilermakers until current head coach Jeff Brohm.[3] After his stint as Purdue's head football coach, DeMoss remained an assistant athletics director at Purdue until his retirement in 1992.[5] In September 2008 the Purdue athletics department honored Bob DeMoss with the unveiling of a placard bearing his name for the offensive staff room in the football offices of the Mollenkopf Athletic Center.[12]


DeMoss was inducted into Purdue's Intercollegiate Athletes Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 1999.[3]

Personal life

DeMoss was married to Janet DeMoss. They had three children.[3] DeMoss died at his home in West Lafayette, Indiana, on July 23, 2017, at the age of 90.[13]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten Conference) (1970–1972)
1970 Purdue 4–6 2–5 8th
1971 Purdue 3–7 3–5 T–6th
1972 Purdue 6–5 6–2 3rd
Purdue: 13–18 11–12
Total: 13–18



  1. ^ a b "Bob DeMoss". Sports Reference. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Purdue Legend Bob DeMoss Passes Away". Hammer and Rails. July 23, 2017. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Bob DeMoss 1927-2017". Purdue Sports. July 23, 2017. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  4. ^ John Husar (September 4, 1972). "Purdue Pins Hopes on the Wishbone". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Honoring Bob DeMoss: Purdue names offensive staff room after longtime Boilermaker". CBS Interactive. September 4, 2008. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved June 12, 2010.
  6. ^ "PURDUESPORTS.COM - Bob DeMoss: 1927-2017 - Purdue University Official Athletic Site". Archived from the original on 2017-07-26.
  7. ^ a b "Bob DeMoss to retire as Purdue assistant AD". UPI. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Mollenkopf Replaced By Bob DeMoss". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 9, 1970. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  9. ^ Mike Harris (August 25, 1971). "Purdue '11' Could Be Powerful". The Owosso Argus-Press. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  10. ^ "DeMoss Resigns Purdue Job to Be With Family". The Day. December 5, 1972. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  11. ^ "DeMoss steps down as Purdue grid coach". The Michigan Daily. December 5, 1972. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  12. ^ "Honoring Bob DeMoss". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  13. ^ "Former Purdue stand out quarterback and coach Bob DeMoss passes away at age 90". Fox 59. July 23, 2017. Retrieved July 24, 2017.