George Levene

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George Levene
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Levene pictured on the 1906 Penn football team
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1885-05-01)May 1, 1885
Died November 12, 1930(1930-11-12) (aged 45)
Playing career
1905–1906 Penn
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1907–1909 Tennessee
1920 Penn (ends)
1922 Wake Forest
Head coaching record
Overall 18–15–5

Israel George "Izzy" Levene (May 1, 1885 – November 12, 1930) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football 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 career[edit]

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 career[edit]

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

Head coaching career[edit]

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 life[edit]

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

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Tennessee Volunteers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1907–1909)
1907 Tennessee 7–2–1 3–2–1 T–5th
1908 Tennessee 7–2 4–2 5th
1909 Tennessee 1–6–2 0–5 13th
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


  1. ^ a b "Izzy Levene". Jews in Sports. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 

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