December 9, 1892|
Yankton, South Dakota
|Died||April 14, 1955
|c. 1915||South Dakota State|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
6 Black college national (1924–1927, 1929–1930)
12 SIAC (1924–1933, 1936, 1943)
Cleveland Leigh "Cleve" Abbott (some sources say "Cleveland S. Abbott") (December 9, 1892 – April 14, 1955) was an African-American football player, coach and educator.
Abbott was born in Yankton, South Dakota in 1892, one of seven children. He graduated from high school in Watertown, South Dakota in 1912, and received his bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota in 1916. He was an outstanding, multi-sport athlete at Watertown High School (16 varsity sports letters) and SDSU (14 varsity letters at SDSU). After serving in Europe in World War I as an officer in the 366th Infantry Regiment, Abbott accepted a position as professor and coach at Tuskegee.
Abbott earned the respect of his peers through his team's performance and by participating in national committees for the selection of "all-American" players at the collegiate level.
Abbott died in 1955 in Tuskegee, Alabama.
Head coaching record
|Tuskegee Golden Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1923–1954)|
|1930||Tuskegee||11–0–1||1st||W Prairie View Bowl|
|1932||Tuskegee||6–1||1st||L Prairie View Bowl|
|1934||Tuskegee||6–5–1||W Prairie View Bowl|
|1936||Tuskegee||7–5||1st||W Prairie View Bowl|
|1938||Tuskegee||1–7–2||L Prairie View Bowl|
|1941||Tuskegee||8–2||L Orange Blossom Classic|
|1945||Tuskegee||6–6–1||L Prairie View Bowl|
|1946||Tuskegee||10–2||L Yam Bowl|
- USATF Hall of Fame
- SDSU Athletic Hall of Fame
- Abbott, Cleveland Leigh (1892–1955) at blackpast.org
- Cleveland L. Abbott at the College Football Data Warehouse