Roy Lester

Football Player and Coach
Born 1923

E. Roy Lester is an American former college and high school football coach. After a successful career at the high school level, he served as the head coach of the University of Maryland football team from 1969 to 1971. Lester was the school's fourth head coach in five years, and compiled a 7–25 record during his tenure. He was fired after the 1971 season when Maryland finished at the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference for the second consecutive year.… Read More

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1923 Birth Born in 1923.


1947 24 Years Old Lester grew up in Spencer, West Virginia and attended college at West Virginia University, where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. In basketball, he played as a center and recorded 27 points in 21 games during his career.In baseball, he played as an outfielder from 1947 to 1949, and as a senior recorded 53 hits and a .339 batting average.He played college football as an end in 1948 and participated in the 1949 Sun Bowl.Lester was named to the West Virginia 1940–1949 Team. … Read More
1950 27 Years Old In 1950, Lester began his coaching career at Walton High School in Walton, West Virginia from 1950 to 1951. … Read More


1956 33 Years Old From 1956 to 1958, Lester served under Tommy Mont as the University of Maryland's ends coach and freshman team coach for three seasons.
1959 36 Years Old Lester served the head football coach at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland from 1959 to 1968. … Read More


1968 45 Years Old At the end of his stint at Richard Montgomery in 1968, he held a 25-game winning streak, and his 1968 team was ranked third in the nation. … Read More
1969 46 Years Old In 1969, Lester was hired as Maryland's fourth head coach in five years. … Read More
1971 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1971, some observers considered Maryland, which returned 37 lettermen, to be the dark horse in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). … Read More
1972 49 Years Old In 1972, Lester returned to the interscholastic ranks as a head coach at Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Maryland, which awarded him a ten-year contract. … Read More


1975 52 Years Old If they want to quit, fine."In 1975, he led Paint Branch to the Class B state championship.
1979 56 Years Old From 1979 to 1993, Lester served as head coach at Magruder High School in Rockville, Maryland. In 1984, Lester led Magruder to capture the Class B state championship, and repeated the feat with the Class A state championship in 1986. (This is wrong.


1989 66 Years Old Magruder did not win the Class B state championship in 1984.) In 1989, he earned his 200th win as a high school coach when Magruder defeated Einstein, 24–0, to bring his interscholastic record to 200–61. … Read More
1996 73 Years Old In 1996, the Maryland Football Coaches Association inducted Lester into its Hall of Fame.
2002 79 Years Old In 2002, Richard Montgomery High School renamed its athletic field Roy Lester Stadium in his honor. … Read More
2008 85 Years Old 1 More Event
Lester attended West Virginia University where he was a three-sport athlete and earned letters in football, baseball, and basketball. He was inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
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