George Levene
Levene pictured on the 1906 Penn football team
Biographical details
Born(1885-05-01)May 1, 1885
DiedNovember 12, 1930(1930-11-12) (aged 45)
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Penn (ends)
Wake Forest
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse

Israel George "Izzy" Levene (May 1, 1885 – November 12, 1930) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Tennessee from 1907 to 1909 and at Wake Forest University in 1922, compiling a career record of 18–15–5.

Player careerEdit

Levene played college football at the University of Pennsylvania, and was named an All-American in 1905 and 1906. In 1905, Penn went 12–0–1. Levene was known for being a football player who worked hard to help out his team, as well as one of the first good pass catching ends. The forward pass was legalized for the 1906 season.[1]

Assistant coaching careerEdit

Levene coached under head coach John Heisman at the University of Pennsylvania.[1]

Head coaching careerEdit

During his three-year tenure at Tennessee, Levene compiled a 15–10–3 record. His best season came in 1907, when his team went 7–2–1. His worst season came in 1909, when his team went 1–6–2, with the one win coming against Transylvania University. In 1922, Levene served as the head coach at Wake Forest. He compiled a 3–5–2 record there.

Later lifeEdit

After coaching, Levene was a football official and wrote a book, Twenty Modern Football Plays.

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Tennessee Volunteers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1907–1909)
1907 Tennessee 7–2–1 3–2–1
1908 Tennessee 7–2 4–2
1909 Tennessee 1–6–2 0–5
Tennessee: 15–10–3 7–9–1
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Independent) (1922)
1922 Wake Forest 3–5–2
Wake Forest: 3–5–2
Total: 18–15–5


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