Grenville Lewis
File:Grenville Lewis.jpg
Lewis as a cadet at the M.A.C. in 1897
Biographical details
BornNovember 12, 1875
Washington D.C.
DiedSeptember 1964 (aged 88)
Playing career
Head coaching record

Grenville Lewis, Jr. (November 12, 1875 – September 1964) was an American engineer, cattle rancher, and college football coach. He served as the head coach at the Maryland Agricultural College (now the University of Maryland).


Lewis was born on November 12, 1875 in Washington, D.C., where he received a public education,[1] including at the Business High School.[2] He attended the Maryland Agricultural College, where he played as a fullback on the football team in 1894 and served as team captain in 1896.[3][4][5] In his two seasons as a Maryland player, Lewis played every minute of each game.[6] The school briefly discontinued its football team in 1895, but resurrected it the following year. As team captain in 1896, Lewis instituted the program's first physical training regimen, which included calisthenics and long-distance running.[7] As coach in 1896, Lewis compiled a 6–2–2 record.[8] Lewis also played on the baseball team and served as its captain in 1897.[9] He graduated in 1897 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the school's Scientific Course.[10] In 1897, Lewis intended to commute to College Park from Washington, D.C. to assist Maryland captain and player-coach John Lillibridge with his coaching duties. However, the Columbian University (now George Washington University) Law School offered Lewis a scholarship and a position as football coach, captain, and fullback, which he accepted.[6][11]

After college, Lewis worked in cattle ranching in Honduras until 1900. He then worked for Clark and Krebs Consulting Engineers in Charleston, West Virginia through 1905.[12] In April 1904, he married Lillian Compton née Snowden.[13] Lewis worked as an engineer on the Virginian Railroad, a superintendent for the New Etna Coal Company in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and for the Straight Creek Coal and Coke Company in Kentucky until 1908. He was then president and manager of the Ideal Block Coal Company in Lily, Kentucky.[1] Lewis lived in Pineville, Kentucky and was a member of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers.[12] In 1916, he was working as a superintendent for the Virginia Iron, Coal and Coke Company.[14]

Lewis later lived in Hollywood, Maryland and died in September 1964.[15]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Maryland Aggies (Maryland Intercollegiate Football Association) (1896)
1896 Maryland 6–2–2 1–0–1
Maryland: 6–2–2 1–0–1
Total: 6–2–2
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Alumni Record of the Maryland Agricultural College: 1914, Maryland Agricultural College, p. 54, 1914.
  2. Morris Allison Bealle, Kings of American Football: The University of Maryland, 1890–1952, p. 19, Columbia Publishing Co., 1952.
  3. Bealle, p. 210.
  4. All-Time Lettermen, p. 20, 2007 Terrapin Football Record Book, University of Maryland, 2007.
  5. FIRST PRACTICE WORK; Agricultural College Team Shows Up In Good Shape, The Morning Herald, October 3, 1896.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bealle, p. 28.
  7. David Ungrady, Tales from the Maryland Terrapins, 2003, pp. 8–9, Sports Publishing LLC.
  8. Grenville Lewis Records by Year, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved August 24, 2011.
  9. Reveille, p. 107, Maryland Agricultural College, 1898.
  10. AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE; Governor Lowndes Attends and Hands The Graduates Their Sheepskins—A Successful Year, The Morning Herald, July 17, 1897.
  11. NOTABLE GAMES AGAINST HAMPTON; How He Took Care of "Bad Man" Hull—Popular Chevy Chase Man Elected for Maryland Legislature, Favorite of University Athletes Throughout the South, The Washington Herald, August 5, 1907.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Transactions of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, Volume 41, p. xxxiv, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, 1911.
  13. IN SOCIETY'S CIRCLE; Miss Helen Gould and Party Guests at White House, The Washington Times, April 19, 1904.
  14. Annual Report, Virginia Bureau of Labor and Industrial Statistics, Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, p. 110, 1916.
  15. First G.W. Grid Coach To Present Award, The Sun, November 2, 1960.
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