Raymond R. Neal
Gaumey Neal is legendary as a DePauw football coach and molder of men. Between 1929 and 1946 he coached DePauw teams to a combined record of 80-34-6 including the renowned ‘33 team which was undefeated, untied and unscored upon. Though he eventually earned his degree at Wabash College, he earned All-American honors on Washington and Jefferson’s 1922 Rose Bowl team. Then came stints as a professional, first with the Alron Indians and then with the Hammond Pros. He commuted to the games from his home in Wingate, IN. Coach Neal retired from active coaching in 1946 and became the university’s athletic director and head of Department of Physical Education. In 1954 he retired from the university an became Greencastle’s postmaster. But the glory days of the 1030’s remained with him, and his players, especially the ‘33 team, stayed in touch, always honoring their coach and the values he stood for. The ‘33 team’s unprecedented tribute to him is the fieldhouse in Lilly Center that they donated in his name in 1982. Coach Neal died in 1977, not long after he was elected to the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.