|Birth: ||Dec. 9, 1892|
South Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 14, 1955|
World War I Veteran.
Cleve Abbott was born on December 9, 1894, in Yankton, South Dakota. He graduated at the age of 18 from Watertown High School and went on to study at South Dakota State University where he starred in track, football, baseball and basketball. He graduated in 1916 after winning 14 varsity awards at the university.
In 1915, he was hired by Booker T. Washington as a coach and agricultural chemist. In his first 11 years as football coach, his teams only lost six games. In his entire football coaching career, his record was 203-96. He won six national titles, and at one stage, his team went 46 games without losing.
He also coached women's track and field team at the school from 1936 to 1955, and his record was equally impressive. His teams won fourteen national championships, including eight in a row, and his athletes represented the United States at Olympic Games, winning 2 gold medals.
Abbott was still coaching at Tuskegee when he died on April 16, 1955. He is buried in Tuskegee University cemetery. He was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1966, the South Dakota State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1968 as well as the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
Special thanks to Donna who provided the information.
Tuskegee University Campus Cemetery
Created by: Michael Dover
Record added: Oct 17, 2007
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