Alonzo Sheck Shealy

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Alonzo Sheck Shealy

A member of Clemson's first football team in 1896, Alonzo Sheck Shealy was the fifth head coach of the Tigers, leading them for one season in 1904.


Shealy was born June 1, 1874, at Etheridge, South Carolina, in what is now known as Saluda County. Attended public schools of this County until February, 1894, when he entered Clemson; graduated 1899- B.S.; entered Iowa State College at Amer, March 1900- taking degree Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, June 1903; at Clemson as Assistant Veterinarian in 1904 - ("The Oconeean", Volume Two, 1904, page 19). Played four years as a Tiger, and two more years for Iowa State. He was hired in the fall of 1904 to replace Coach John Heisman who had accepted Georgia Tech's offer to become head of athletics at the institute in November 1903. He holds the distinction of being the only Clemson player to have been head coach at his alma mater. Shealy coached Clemson one year and guided the Tigers to a 3-3-1 record overall, which included wins over Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, giving him a .500 winning percentage.

Preceded by: John Heisman Clemson University Football Coaches Succeeded by: Ed Cochems