Graduating in 1930 with a degree in Education, Carl Gilmore played fullback for the OSC football team that, in 1928, was the first western college team to play on the eastern seaboard. A member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Gilmore was active in a number of honorary societies and served on the Interfraternity Council. Gilmore went on to teach high school in Redding, California where he also coached the football team.
Raised in Salem, Oregon, Coons studied agriculture at Oregon State College and graduated in 1939. In addition to playing for the football team, Coons was a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and involved in the Thanes and Blue Key service groups.