Coach Darrell K. Royal

Coach Darrell K Royal was one of the original directors of the Terry Foundation and a close personal friend of the Terrys. He interviewed many of our early classes of Terry Scholars and was a great friend of the Foundation.

Coach Royal took over as head coach at University of Texas in December 1956, and achieved success almost instantaneously. In Royal’s 20 years as head coach, Texas never had a losing season. Royal posted a 167–47–5 career record at Texas. His overall coaching record was 184–60–5.

Coach Royal was instrumental in the formation of the Foundation, where he served on the Board of Directors from its inception in 1987 until 2002 when he was named Director Emeritus. Howard Terry observed at that time “we will miss his seasoned wisdom, his keen wit, and his discerning ability to judge character: all traits that contributed to his success as a coach and recruiter and helped him guide the University of Texas football team to three national championships.”