Glenn Killinger

William Glenn Killinger (September 13, 1898 – July 25, 1988) was an American football, basketball, and baseball player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He lettered in three sports at Pennsylvania State University, where he was an All-American in football in 1921. Killinger then played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Canton Bulldogs and the New York Giants and for Philadelphia Quakers of the first American Football League in 1926. Killinger served as the head football coach at Dickinson College (1922), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1927–1931), Moravian College (1933), West Chester University (1934–1941, 1945–1959), and with the North Carolina Pre-Flight School (1944),[1] compiling a career college football record of 176–72–16. He was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1971.

Glenn Killinger
Glenn Killinger 1922.jpg
Killinger in 1922
Biographical details
Born(1898-09-13)September 13, 1898
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
DiedJuly 25, 1988(1988-07-25) (aged 89)
Stanton, Delaware
Playing career
1918–1921Penn State
1921Canton Bulldogs
1926New York Giants
1926Philadelphia Quakers
1919–1921Penn State
1919–1921Penn State
1922Jersey City Skeeters
1923Atlanta Crackers
1924Harrisburg Senators
1926Shamokin Indians
1927–1928Harrisburg Senators
1929–1932Williamsport Grays
Position(s)Quarterback, halfback (football)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1923–1926Penn State (assistant)
1934–1941West Chester
1944North Carolina Pre-Flight
1945–1959West Chester
1935–1940West Chester
1945–1946West Chester
1924Harrisburg Senators
1926Shamokin Indians
1930Williamsport Grays
1932Wilkes-Barre Barons
1932Allentown Buffaloes
1967–1970West Chester
Head coaching record
Overall176–72–16 (college football)
66–40 (college basketball)
59–29–2 (college baseball)
Accomplishments and honors
All-American, 1921
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1971 (profile)

Killinger was also a minor league baseball player from 1922 until 1932. During that time, he played for the Jersey City Skeeters (1922), Atlanta Crackers (1923), Harrisburg Senators (1924, 1927–1928), Shamokin Indians (1926) and the Williamsport Grays (1929–1932). He served as a manager for the Indians and the Senators.

Further readingEdit

Mealy, Todd M. (2018). Glenn Killinger, All-American: Penn State's World War I Era Sports Hero. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co.) ISBN 978-1476670515 Retrieved April 22, 2018


  1. ^ Jones, Wilbur D. (2009). "Football! Navy! War!": How Military "Lend-Lease" Players Saved the College Game and Helped Win World War II. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. pp. 124–126. ISBN 978-0-7864-4219-5. Retrieved January 16, 2012.

External linksEdit