Dewey Luster
Biographical details
Born(1899-02-01)February 1, 1899
Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation
DiedOctober 13, 1980(1980-10-13) (aged 81)
Norman, Oklahoma
Playing career
Head coaching record
Overall32–22–4 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
2 Big Six (1943–1944)

Dewey William "Snorter" Luster (February 1, 1899 – October 13, 1980) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Southwestern State Teachers College—now Southwestern Oklahoma State University—in 1925 and at the University of Oklahoma from 1941 to 1945, compiling a career college football coaching record of 32–22–4. Luster was also a player on the Oklahoma Sooners football team from 1917 to 1920 under head coach Bennie Owen and was the captain of the 1920 undefeated team.

Luster was born in Tahlequah, capital of the Cherokee Nation, the son of Otis V. and Callie (Bates) Luster. His father was a merchant and later a newspaper editor in Pauls Valley.

Luster was the head football coach at Norman High School in Norman, Oklahoma in 1924. The following year, he succeeded Carl M. Voyles as the head football coach at Southwestern State Teachers College.[1]

Luster's tenure as head coach at Oklahoma was complicated by World War II. In the six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, nearly 60 Sooner athletes in all sports had enlisted in some branch of the armed services and more continued to enlist as the war progressed.[2] Luster resigned as head coach almost immediately after his Sooner team lost 47–0 to Oklahoma A&M on November 24, 1945. His official reason for his resignation was "poor health."[3]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Southwestern State Teachers Bulldogs (Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1925)
1925 Southwestern State Teachers 5–4–1 3–1–1 3rd
Southwestern State Teachers: 5–4–1 3–1–1
Oklahoma Sooners (Big Six Conference) (1941–1945)
1941 Oklahoma 6–3 3–2 T–2nd
1942 Oklahoma 3–5–2 3–1–1 2nd
1943 Oklahoma 7–2 5–0 1st
1944 Oklahoma 6–3–1 4–0–1 1st
1945 Oklahoma 5–5 4–1 2nd
Oklahoma: 27–18–3 18–4–2
Total: 32–22–4
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


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