William Clees '25

A two-way standout at offensive and defensive end for Grove City, William “Bill” Clees helped the Wolverines capture two Class B championships between 1921 and 1924.

A native of Ridgway, Pa., and a graduate of Kiski Prep, Clees came to Grove City in 1921 after having served in World War I and as part of the forces that occupied Germany in 1919.

Widely recognized for his pass-catching ability on offense and his ability to stop the run on defense, Clees earned Honorable Mention All-District following his junior season in 1923. That year, Clees' interception helped set up a Grove City touchdown against Pitt at Forbes Field.

He helped Grove City record 16 shutouts defensively, including six during the Wolverines' 1921 Class B title season. That year, Grove City allowed just 30 points in nine games under coach Guy Williamson.

Clees also competed in varsity basketball for head coach Bob Thorn during his time at the College.

He graduated in 1925 with an accounting degree and returned to campus as an assistant football coach under head coach Charles Berry.
After obtaining educational certifications from Penn State and Slippery Rock State, Clees then went on to become head football coach at Ridgway High School and football and basketball coach at McKeesport High School. He also worked as a traveling auditor for the Jewel Tea Company.

Clees passed away in 1979.