Z.G. Clevenger Award

Z.G. Clevenger Award

The Z.G. Clevenger Award is presented to living I-Men who, as alumni, have made outstanding contributions to Indiana University through service to its athletics program.

Clevenger, a coach and athletic director, was characterized by his commitment to excellence, high ideals, and principles. He was devoted to his staff and worked untiringly to assist the coaches in developing their programs and establishing high ethical standards.

The award perpetuates the ideals Clevenger set forth in his many years of service as a student, athlete, coach, and athletics administrator. The honor is bestowed upon living I-Men who, as alumni, have made outstanding contributions through service to its athletics program. This is the highest honor given an I-Man by the I-Men’s Association.

About Z.G. Clevenger

Z.G. Clevenger was known as “Mr. Clev” to generations of Hoosier athletes, students, and friends. He was characterized by his commitment to excellence, high ideals, and principles. As an athlete, Clevenger participated in football and baseball at IU. He was captain of the 1903 football team and was named an All-American. In 1904, he was the captain of the baseball team.

He served the athletics department as baseball coach in 1905 and 1906 and basketball coach in 1905. He was our athletics director in 1906 and again from 1923 to 1946. During his 23 years as our athletics director he changed the athletics program from one that had won three Big Ten Championships in its first 23 years in the conference to a program that had 32 Big Ten titles, six National Collegiate Crowns, and two National AAU Championships before his retirement in 1946.

Clevenger’s tenure as athletic director has been considered a “golden era” in Hoosier athletics, but Clevenger himself contributed the success of his years to what he called the “five aces” of his coaching staff: Earl C. “Billy” Hayes (track), Everett Dean (basketball), Billy Thom (wrestling), Branch McCracken (basketball), and Alvin “Bo” McMillen (football).

Previous Z.G. Clevenger award winners
YearWinner(s)
1963
  • Lloyd G. Balfour
  • Everett S. Dean
  • George L. Fisher
  • Sherman A. Minton
  • Ralph N. Tirey
1964
  • Frank E. Allen
  • Edgar C. Davis
  • Howard H. Mutz
1965
  • Charles S. Buschmann
  • Roscoe Minton
  • John O. Sutphin
1966
  • Branch McCracken
  • Fred Seward
  • William T. “Bill” Smith
1967
  • Noble Biddinger
  • Paul G. Jasper
  • Samuel F. Ninnes
1968
  • Daniel E. Bernoske
  • James D. Strickland
  • Paul E. Tobin
1969
  • Donald C. Danielson
  • Merrill S. Davis
  • R. Vernon Huffman
1970
  • Robert A. Haak
  • John C. Mellett
  • Gerald L. Redding
1971
  • Thomas M. Deckard
  • Angelo Lazzara
  • Robert A. Ravansberg
1972
  • Charles H. Bennett
  • Theodore B. Kluszewski
  • Pete L. Pihos
1973
  • Clum C. Bucher
  • Charles G. Hornbostel
  • Robert F. Skoronski
1974
  • George H. Belshaw
  • Donald R. Lash
  • Edward C. Vontrees
1975
  • Neal E. Baxter
  • Campbell G. Kane
  • Claude T. Rich
1976
  • Garnett Inman
  • Kenneth W. Moeller
  • Lester L. Stout
1977
  • Brad Bomba
  • Robert H. Menke
  • Edward A. Schrader
1978
  • Joseph M. Black
  • Chris C. Dal Sasso
  • Frank E. McKinney
1979
  • Hugh A. Barnhart
  • Joseph B. Davis
  • Rex D. Grossman
1980
  • George H. Byers Jr.
  • William H. Keck
  • Donald D. Schlundt
1981
  • Merritt W. Smith
  • Richard A. VanArsdale
  • Thomas A. VanArsdale
1982
  • Marvin Huffman
  • Palmer A. Sponsler
  • Don A. Veller
1983
  • Ernest H. Andres
  • William S. Armstrong
  • Russell J. Deal
1984
  • Robert C. Dro
  • P. Stuart Holmquest
  • Don R. Luft
1985
  • Raymond F. Dauer
  • Peter L. Obremskey
  • Eugene G. White
1986
  • Phillip A. Buck
  • G. Ted Smith
  • Clifford R. Myers
1987
  • Robert E. Gates
  • Norbert E. Herrmann
  • Graham E. Martin
1988
  • Frank B. Jones
  • Robert L. Kenderdine
  • Louis C. Watson
1989
  • Neal Gilliatt
  • Samuel H. Miller
  • Joseph E. Walther
1990
  • Clarence H. Doninger
  • William L. Stearman
  • Robert J. Stebbins
1991
  • John F. Durkott
  • Clarence W. Long
  • Thomas E. McConnell
1992
  • Walter Bellamy Jr.
  • Raymond E. Pavy Jr.
  • Charles F. Peters
1993
  • Gregory C. Bell
  • Joseph C. Maroon
  • Richard H. Schmalz
1994
  • Bruce R. Ellwanger
  • Harry L. Gonso
  • Thomas J. Mitchell
  • William Silberstein
1995
  • Moses W. Gray
  • Charles E. Harrell
  • Robert C. VanPelt
1996
  • Jerry W. Gates
  • Samuel B. Gee
  • James O. Roberson
1997
  • Arthur Angotti
  • Jon P. McGlocklin
  • Guy L. Wellman
1998
  • Gary V. Long
  • Sylvan W. Tackitt
  • George Taliaferro
1999
  • Walter B. Kirkwood
  • Thomas M. McDonald
  • Patrick J. O’Connor
2000
  • Robert E. Howard
  • James N. Topolgus
  • E.G. White Jr.
2001
  • Marsh H. Blackburn
  • Kenneth W. Kaczmarek
  • Jack Mercer
2002
  • Thomas E. Blackburn
  • Howard C. Buickel
  • Ernest S. Kovatch
  • Thomas M. McGlasson
2003
  • James W. Dye
  • William H. Earles
  • Dean M. Vonderheide
2004
  • Gerald K. Anderson
  • James M. Elliott
  • Wayne Radford
2005
  • Terry Cole
  • John Laskowski
  • Dave Martin
  • Ron Remak
2006
  • Tom Bolyard
  • Richard Glenn
  • Mike Perry
2007
  • Dr. Steve Ahlfeld
  • David S. McCrea
  • Dr. Alan Somers
2008
  • Milford Christenson
  • Eric Stolberg
  • John Wallace
2009
  • Don W. Goelzer
  • William P. Russell
  • Glenn Scolnik
  • Roland Swingley
2010
  • John W. Brooks II
  • Harold A. Mauro Jr.
  • Paul B. Sigfusson
2011
  • Thomas C. Abernethy
  • Thomas J. Buck
  • Thomas Bunger
2012
  • Thomas Cole
  • Joseph Ford
  • Gary Grieger
  • Daniel Lintner
2013
  • Richard M. Coachys
  • R. Daniel Grossman, M.D.
  • Jack W. Hienton
2014
  • William Quinn Buckner
  • Richard S. Dennen
  • Victor E. Malinovsky
2015
  • William Couch, M.D.
  • Bobby Leonard
  • Phillip Westfall
2016
  • David C. Evans
  • Terrance “Terry” Tallen
  • Landon Turner
2017
  • Bill Armstrong, Jr.
  • Gregory Fox
  • Kim Kohlmeier
2018
  • Bob Kennedy
  • Ed Warm