DALLAS – Former Washington State football coach William “Lone Star” Dietz has been selected to the College Football Hall of Fame 2012 Divisional Class, the National Football Foundation announced Tuesday.
With a lengthy career spanning many schools and decades, William "Lone Star" Dietz provided a foundation for football success at many universities across the nation. He served as the head coach for 19 seasons at seven institutions and enjoyed a distinguished career as an assistant coach, helping College Football Hall of Fame coach Pop Warner prepare Stanford for two Rose Bowl appearances.
Truly a legend in his own time, “Lone Star” Dietz had a fantastic career as Washington State’s football coach from 1915-17. His teams posted a 17-2-1 record with 15 shutouts. In his inaugural year, he guided WSC (Washington State College) to the Rose Bowl and a 14-0 shutout of Ivy League foe Brown. That team was 7-0 and allowed just one touchdown and one field goal all year. A year later, WSC was 4-2 and his 1917 team finished 6-0-1 while yielding three points to opponents, a field goal in the second game of the season.
In 1919, as coach of the Mare Island (Calif.) Marines, Dietz returned to the Rose Bowl against the Great Lakes Naval Training Station.
After a one-year stay at Purdue in 1921, Dietz pushed Louisiana Tech to an 11-3 record from 1922-23. Dietz then coached three seasons at Wyoming from 1924-26, where he also spent time leading the baseball team, and coached Haskell Indian Institute for four seasons, enjoying a 26-15-2 record, until the school de-emphasized sports following the 1932 season. Dietz landed at his final stop at Albright College in 1937, earning a 31-23-2 record over six campaigns before the school discontinued football for World War II.
He was a teammate at Carlisle College of the immortal Jim Thorpe and was coached by Glenn “Pop” Warner.
Dietz played tackle and was a teammate with the immortal Jim Thorpe was was coached by Glenn “Pop” Warner at Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pa. He graduated after the 1914 season.
Dietz was also an accomplished artist, contributing sketches for the Walt Disney picture Bambi. A Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame member, Dietz's Native American garb inspired Boston Braves owner George Preston Marshall, whom Dietz was serving as head coach, to rename the club the Redskins.
The Divisional College Football Hall of Fame considers players and coaches from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) for induction.