American Football Database
Steve Sebo
Sport(s)Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Bornc. 1917
DiedDecember 1989
Playing career
Position(s)Halfback (football)
Catcher (baseball)
Head coaching record
Overall33–42–2 (college football)
36–24 (college basketball)
Accomplishments and honors
1 MIAA (1948)
1 Ivy (1959)

Stephen Sebo (c. 1917 – December 1989) was an American football and baseball player, coach, college athletics administrator, and professional sports executive. He played baseball and football at Michigan State University, from which he graduated in 1937. He then played minor league baseball and coached sports at Petoskey High School in Petoskey, Michigan before joining the United States Army Air Forces, in which he served during World War II.[1][2] After the war, Sebo was the head football coach at Alma College from 1946 to 1948 and at the University of Pennsylvania from 1954 to 1959, compiling a career college football record of 33–42–2.

The highlight of Sebo's tenure at Penn was the 1959 season, in which the Quakers won their first Ivy League championship. As it turned out, even that wasn't enough to save his job; school officials had already decided before the season that his contract would not be renewed.[3]

He also coached basketball at Alma from 1946 to 1949, tallying a mark of 36–24. After Sebo was fired from his post at Penn following the 1959 season, he became the general manager of the New York Titans, a newly formed team of the upstart American Football League that was renamed as the New York Jets in 1963. Sebo left the Titans in 1962 to become the athletic director at the University of Virginia.[4]

Head coaching record

College football

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Alma Scots (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1946–1948)
1946 Alma 2–5
1947 Alma 5–2–1
1948 Alma 8–0 5–0 1st
Alma: 15–7–1
Penn Quakers (Independent) (1954–1955)
1954 Penn 0–9
1955 Penn 0–9
Penn Quakers (Ivy League) (1956–1959)
1956 Penn 4–5 4–3 T–3rd
1957 Penn 3–6 3–4 T–4th
1958 Penn 4–5 4–3 T–4th
1959 Penn 7–1–1 6–1 1st
Penn: 18–35–1 17–11
Total: 33–42–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


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