Tom DeSylvia
Biographical details
Bornca. 1924
DiedDecember 6, 2002
Portland, Oregon
Playing career
Oregon State
Philadelphia Eagles
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Jefferson H.S.
Portland State
David Douglas H.S.
Grant H.S.
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
2 OSAA (1957, 1958)

Tom DeSylvia (1924 – December 6, 2002)[1] was a high school and college football head coach at various high schools in Portland, Oregon and for one season at Portland State. DeSylvia played at the guard position at Oregon State between 1946–1949.

Playing careerEdit

DeSylvia played at the guard position at Oregon State between 1946–1949.[2] During his tenure at Oregon State, DeSylvia competed in the 1948 East–West Shrine Game, served as team captain in 1949 and was selected to the Oregon State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 for his accomplishments.[2] DeSylvia was drafted in the 24th round of the 1950 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, but was released the following August before ever competing in a regular-season game.[1][3]

Coaching careerEdit

High schoolEdit

After leaving professional football, DeSylvia began his coaching career. He was noted for his time as head coach of Jefferson High School in Portland between 1953–1961.[1] During that span, Jefferson won OSAA Championships in 1957 and 1958 and OSAA runner-up in 1959.[1][4] In addition to the championships, DeSylvia led Jefferson to an Oregon large-school record of 34 consecutive victories between 1957–59, in addition to coaching future Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker and NFL Hall of Fame member Mel Renfro.[1]

Following a one year stint as head coach at Portland State, DeSylvia returned to the high school ranks to lead both David Douglas High School and Grant High School prior to his retirement.[1] For his impact on sport in Oregon, he was elected to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.[5]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Portland State Vikings (Oregon Collegiate Conference) (1962)
1962 Portland State 4–4 3–1 2nd
Total: 4–4


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Bachman, Rachel (December 10, 2002). "DeSylvia, former Jefferson coach, dies". The Oregonian: p. B3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Player Accolades and All-Americans" (PDF). 2010 Oregon State Football Media Guide. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State Athletics Communications Office. 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  3. "College all-stars end drills before facing Philly Eagles". The Register-Guard. Associated Press: p. 20A. August 10, 1950. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  4. "OSAA Football Championships" (PDF). Oregon School Activities Association. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  5. "Sports Hall of Fame will induct five". The Oregonian: p. E2. July 10, 1997.

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