John A. Penton was Clemson's third head football coach, serving for one year, in 1898. A native of Alabama, he was captain and starting guard on the University of Virginia teams of 1893, 1894, and 1895. Penton also played fullback at Auburn under Coach John Heisman in 1897. After graduating at Auburn, he served as an assistant coach. Penton was hired to guide the Clemson gridders in 1898, and in his second game the Tigers blew out Bingham, 55-0, as player W. C. Forsythe kicked every point after touchdown (11).
In his only season at Clemson, Penton tallied a 3-1 record and the state championship. He finished with a .750 winning percentage.
|Preceded by: W. M. Williams||Clemson University Football Coaches||Succeeded by: John Heisman|