Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Entering the Hall: William 'Lone Star' Dietz
By Kevin Gemmell
Former Washington State football coach William "Lone Star" Dietz will be posthumously inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame with the 2012 Divisional Class.
Dietz had many coaching stops -- including Washington State from 1915-1917 -- where his teams went 17-2-1, recording 15 shutouts. He guided WSU (then Washington State College) to a Rose Bowl victory over Brown in his inaugural year.
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.
"We're proud one of our own made it, even though it's posthumously," WSU athletic director Bill Moos told the Seattle Times. "Anytime those that served at Washington State are honored, then Washington State feels honored as well ... his story is compelling, his accomplishments are very credible and he's very deserving of being inducted."
WSU's victory in the 1916 Rose Bowl -- its first and only Rose Bowl win -- was considered a major coup for West Coast football.
He would also go on to coach the Mare Island (Calif.) Marines, at Purdue, Louisiana Tech, Wyoming, Haskell Indian Institute and finally Albright College. He also coached the Boston Redskins from 1933-1934.
Dietz died in 1964.