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Henry W. Lever
File:Henry W Lever.jpg
Lever pictured in The Hinakaga 1913–14, Carroll yearbook
Sport(s)Football, basketball, baseball, track
Biographical details
Born(1883-10-04)October 4, 1883
Loveland, Ohio
DiedJuly 1, 1980(1980-07-01) (aged 96)
Madras, Oregon
Head coaching record
Overall39–63–10 (college football)
Accomplishments and honors
1 NWC (1935)

Henry Work Lever (October 4, 1883 – July 1, 1980) was an American sportsperson and educator. He was a college football coach at four different colleges, as well as an athletic director, baseball coach, basketball coach, and track coach.

Early life

Lever graduated from high school in Loveland, Ohio, in 1901 and then started college at Miami University.[1] After also attending Ohio Northern University, he then graduated from Ohio University in 1908, playing football at all three schools.[1] Lever then began teaching at today's Valley City State University in North Dakota that same year, where he also served as athletic director.[1] The next year, he married Marguerite Sherburne, with the marriage producing nine children.[1] After a few years the family moved to Missouri to farm.[1]

Coaching career

In 1911 Lever was named the eighth head coach of the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, Texas. His team produced a record of 4 wins and 5 losses that year.[2] For 1912 he was TCU's baseball manager.[1]

After his years at TCU, Lever became the tenth head football coach at Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin and he held that position for the 1913 season. At the school he was also the men's basketball coach for two seasons from 1912 to 1914.[1] His football coaching record at Carroll was 2–2–3.

Lever moved his family north to Alberta, Canada around 1916 to farm, but returned to the states about 1921 and started farming in Yakima, Washington.[1] They moved again to the southern Oregon Coast, eventually settling in Myrtle Point where he was a teacher at the high school and coached baseball, football, track, and basketball.[1] Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, then hired him in 1930 and worked as athletic director until 1949.[1] Lever was also the football coach from 1930 to 1938, and again from 1940 to 1942, compiling a record of 30–54–7, with a conference championship in 1935, the school's first.[1]

At Linfield he also was the men's basketball coach from 1930 to 1941 and again from 1942 to 1947. Lever had a record of 173–109 for a .613 winning percentage, the highest in school history for a coach with at least two seasons.[1] He was also the track coach from 1931 to 1935 and 1941 to 1943, and then baseball coach in 1947 when they won their first Northwest Conference championship.[1] He was later inducted into the college's athletic hall of fame.[1]

Later years

In 1952, Marguerite died and Lever moved to Central Oregon in 1953, settling in Madras.[1] He farmed briefly before moving into real estate as broker, which he continued until his death on July 1, 1980, after he was hit by a truck as he crossed the highway.[1]

Head coaching record

College football

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Valley City State Vikings () (1909)
1909 Valley City State 3–2
Valley City State: 3–2
TCU Horned Frogs (Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1911)
1911 TCU 4–5 0–3
TCU: 4–5 0–3
Carroll Pioneers () (1913)
1913 Carroll 2–2–3
Carroll: 2–2–3
Linfield Wildcats (Northwest Conference) (1930–1938)
1930 Linfield 1–7 0–4 6th
1931 Linfield 0–6–1 0–3 6th
1932 Linfield 3–5 1–3 5th
1933 Linfield 4–4 2–2 T–3rd
1934 Linfield 5–3 2–3 5th
1935 Linfield 5–2–2 3–0–1 T–1st
1936 Linfield 3–3–2 3–2–1 T–3rd
1937 Linfield 3–4
1938 Linfield 2–6 1–3 T–5th
Linfield Wildcats (Northwest Conference) (1940–1942)
1940 Linfield 1–7 0–5 6th
1941 Linfield 1–6–1 0–4 6th
1942 Linfield 2–1–1 0–1–1 5th
Linfield: 30–54–7 12–30–3
Total: 39–63–10
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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 Marsh, Tim (November 2005). "Coach Henry Lever of Linfield". College Football Historical Society XIX (1): 1–4. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  2. College Football Data Warehouse Henry W. Lever

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