Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Zora "Z.G." Clevenger

Zora "Z.G." Clevenger


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Indiana
  • High School: Muncie, IN (Muncie HS)
  • Years: 1900-1903
  • Inducted: 1968
  • Place of Birth: Muncie, IN
  • Date of Birth: Dec 12, 1881
  • Place of Death: Bloomington, IN
  • Date of Death: Nov 24, 1970
  • Height: 5-7
  • Weight: 145

Member Biography

Football pioneer to trail blazing athletic administrator, Zora Clevenger parlayed the lessons learned on the gridiron into a rare sports success story. As a brilliant halfback at Indiana at the turn of the Twentieth Century, Clevenger was known for his darting quickness and untempered competitive spirit. He was a team leader from the day he first played in a Hoosier uniform, eventually serving as team captain in 1903. Although IU football struggled in those early days of the 1900's, Clevenger's talents set him apart and drew wide-spread recognition for the fleet-footed back. He played baseball and basketball at Indiana as well, and followed graduation by serving as head coach in those two sports. From Indiana, Clevenger moved on to the head football coaching job at Tennessee and, in 1914, brought the Volunteers their first undefeated season. After serving as athletic director at Missouri and Kansas State, Clevenger returned to his old school and became its most venerated athletic director, holding that position for 23 years before retiring in 1946. He continued his devotion to athletics as he served on the numerous rules and conference committees. Clevenger was also a founder of the annual East-West Shrine football game.