Sylvester Derby
Derby pictured in The Forester 1921, Lake Forest yearbook
Biographical details
Born(1892-02-13)February 13, 1892
Lemont, Illinois
DiedJune 5, 1974(1974-06-05) (aged 82)
Kokomo, Indiana
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1919–1920Lake Forest
1920–1921Lake Forest
Head coaching record
Overall13–10–2 (football)
5–9 (basketball)

Sylvester Randall Derby (February 13, 1892 – June 5, 1974)[1] was an American college football head coach. He coached for two seasons at Lake Forest College in Illinois where he compiled an 8–6–2 overall record. Derby then moved on to coach the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team in 1921 where he finished 5–4 in one season.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Lake Forest Foresters (Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1919–1920)
1919 Lake Forest 3–3–2
1920 Lake Forest 5–3
Lake Forest: 8–6–2
Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens (Independent) (1921)
1921 Delaware 5–4
Delaware: 5–4
Total: 13–10–2


  1. ^ Russell, Marjorie Marie (1981). "Russell Roots & Branches: The Genealogy of Ira Russell, His Wives Betsey Bickford Deering and Eunice Jerusia Lee, Their Ancestors and Descendants".