Jenks Gillem

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Jenks Gillem in 1939

Jennings F. "Jenks" Gillem (born c. 1891) was the head football coach at Howard College and Birmingham-Southern College.

Gillem was an All-SEC player at The University of South (Sewanee) in Tennessee during the 1910-1913 seasons.

From 1924 to 1926, he led Howard to a 15-12-2 record. He then coached at BSC from 1928 until the program folded in 1939, amassing a record of 51-43-8 in 12 seasons, making him the winningest coach at BSC.

Gillem returned to his alma mater to coach Sewanee during the 1940 and 1941 seasons.

Gillem was a charter member of The American Legion, a national Veteran's group, and also a charter member of the Birmingham Exchange Club. He was married to the former Florence Coffin, daughter of businessman Harry Welles Coffin.

Preceded by:
Harris G. Cope
Howard College Head Football Coach
1924 - 1926
Succeeded by:
Chet Dillon
Preceded by:
Red Drew
BSC Panthers Head Football Coach
1928 - 1939
Succeeded by:
Joey Jones (2007)


  • Cruikshank, George M. (1920) "Birmingham and Its Environs. Vol II." Chicago: The Lewis Co. 231-232.

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