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LONE STAR DIETZ TO BE INDUCTED
"Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame"

From: Larry Kibby
kibbey@sierra.net

The late William Henry "Lone Star" Dietz, Rosebud Sioux will be posthumously inducted into the PA Sports Hall of Fame August 23, 1997 in a ceremony at the Harrisburg Hilton, Harrisburg, PA. Dietz was assistant coach at the Carlisle Indian School, and a member of the great 1911 football team. He was blocker for the legendary Jim Thorpe and defensive tackle who played 60 minutes of every game from 1909-1912.

Dietz coached the Washington State Agricultural College to a 14-0 win over national power Brown University in the first Rose Bowl game, January 1, 1916. He assisted Glen "Pop" Warner at Stanford to 2 Rose Bowl wins 1925-1927. As assistant to Warner and freshman coach at Temple University, his 2-year record was 16-0-1. A consultant to Knute Rockne and many other famous coaches, he was tagged "the coaches coach" by Damon Runyan. Dietz became head football coach for Albright College in 1937 and despite only 3 players from the previous year, had an undefeated season with 1 tie to Ursinus, becoming the first undefeated team in Albright's 53 year history. He coached University of Wyoming and the Boston "Redskins" (1933-1934), the forerunner of the Washington Redskins.

In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Lonestar Dietz was well-known among his peers as an artist. Married to Winnebago artist, Angel DeCora, he was hired as an art teacher at the Carlisle school in the early 1900's. His cover and logo art in the school magazines brought him national recognition.


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