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Gustave Kenneth Tebell (September 6, 1897 – May 28, 1969) was an American football, basketball, and baseball player, coach, and college athletics administrator. From 1925 to 1929, he coached football at North Carolina State University, where he compiled a 21–25–2 record. From 1934 to 1936, he coached at the University of Virginia, where he compiled a 6–18–4 record. From 1930 to 1951, he served as the head men's basketball coach at Virginia, achieving his first championship in just his second year. During that tenure, he compiled a 240–190 record, including a NIT berth in 1941. His 240 wins rank fourth in school history. In 1951 he became Athletic Director. Tebell also coached baseball at Virginia from 1941 to 1943 and from 1945 to 1955.

Gus Tebell
Tebell, c. 1927
Biographical details
Born(1897-09-06)September 6, 1897
St. Charles, Illinois
DiedMay 28, 1969(1969-05-28) (aged 71)
Richmond, Virginia
Playing career
1923–1924Columbus Tigers
Position(s)End (football)
Guard (basketball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1923Columbus Tigers
1924NC State (assistant)
1925–1929NC State
1930–1933Virginia (assistant)
1924–1929NC State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
Head coaching record
Overall2–0–1 (NFL)
27–43–6 (college football)
319–226 (college basketball)
266–189–9 (college baseball)
Accomplishments and honors
1 SoCon (1927)
All-American, 1922

Tebell played football and basketball at the University of Wisconsin. As an end on the football team, he was selected a second-team All-American by the New York Times.[1] After graduating, he played for the Columbus Tigers of the National Football League (NFL) in 1923 and 1924 and coached three of the team's games in 1923.

Tebell employed the “Meanwell System” on offense, named for its creator, Tebell’s coach at Wisconsin. It featured a double-post alignment with constant cuts, pivots and short passes, and also pioneered the screen.[2]

The University of Virginia honors Tebell by giving an annual award in his name, the Gus Tebell Memorial Award, which is granted each year to the graduating male student-athlete with the highest grade point average through his four years at the university.

Tebell in 1922

Head coaching recordEdit


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
Columbus Tigers 1923 2 0 1 .667 8th - - - -
COL Total 2 0 1 .667 0 0 .000
Total 2 0 1 .667 0 0 .000

College footballEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing
NC State Wolfpack (Southern Conference) (1925–1929)
1925 NC State 3–5–1 0–4–1 18th
1926 NC State 4–6 0–4 21st
1927 NC State 9–1 4–0 T–1st
1928 NC State 4–5–1 1–3–1 17th
1929 NC State 1–8 0–5 22nd
NC State: 21–25–2 5–16–2
Virginia Cavaliers (Southern Conference) (1934–1935)
1934 Virginia 3–6 1–4 9th
1935 Virginia 1–5–4 0–3–2 T–8th
Virginia Cavaliers (Independent) (1936)
1936 Virginia 2–7
Virginia: 6–18–4 1–7–2
Total: 27–43–6


  1. ^ "M'Carthy Picks Them In Pairs". The Newark Advocate. December 6, 1922.
  2. ^ Cramer, Gary “Cavaliers! A Pictorial History of UVA Basketball”, Spring House Publ., 1983.

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