William Henry Dietz
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Dietz, as a member of the Carlisle football team between 1909 and 1912
Sport(s)Football, baseball
Biographical details
Born(1884-08-17)August 17, 1884
Rice Lake, Wisconsin
DiedJuly 20, 1964(1964-07-20) (aged 79)
Reading, Pennsylvania
Playing career

Carlisle Indian
Coaching career (HC unless noted)


Washington State
Louisiana Tech
Boston Redskins
Ole Miss (assistant)

Louisiana Tech
Head coaching record
Overall70–47–6 (college football)
16–6 (college baseball)
11–11–2 (NFL)
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
1 PCC (1917)

William Henry "Lone Star" Dietz (August 17, 1884 – July 20, 1964) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Washington State University (1915–1917), Purdue University (1921), Louisiana Tech University (1922–1923), University of Wyoming (1924–1926), and Albright College (1937–1942) compiling a career college football record of 70–47–6. From 1933 to 1934, Dietz was the head coach of the National Football League's Boston Redskins, where he tallied a mark of 11–11–2.


Playing careerEdit

Dietz played at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a teammate of Jim Thorpe, under famed coach Pop Warner.

Coaching careerEdit

Dietz was the 14th head college football coach for the Washington State University Cougars located in Pullman, Washington, a position he held for three seasons, from 1915 until 1917.[1][2] His coaching record at Washington State was 17 wins, 2 losses, and 1 tie. As of the conclusion of the 2007 season, this ranks him eighth at Washington State in total wins and third at Washington State in winning percentage (.875).[3] He also led Washington State to its only Rose Bowl win in 1916. Dietz also coached at Purdue University, the University of Wyoming, Louisiana Tech University, and Albright College. He coached professional football for the Boston Redskins.

George Preston Marshall, owner and founder of the Boston Braves in 1932, sought to rename the franchise in 1933 after leaving the stadium they shared with the baseball team of the same name. He chose the name Redskins in honor of Dietz, who is of the Sioux Nation.

Contested heritageEdit

Dietz's Indian heritage was first contested in 1918 by a draft agent for the U.S. Armed Forces during World War I when Dietz registered himself as a "Non-Citizen Indian," as the U.S. Government had not yet acknowledged Native Americans as U.S. citizens at that time.

Head coaching recordEdit

College footballEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Washington State Cougars (Independent) (1915–1916)
1915 Washington State 7–0 W Rose
1916 Washington State 4–2
Washington State Cougars (Pacific Coast Conference) (1917)
1917 Washington State 6–0–1 3–0 1st
Washington State: 17–2–1 3–0
Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten Conference) (1921)
1921 Purdue 1–6 1–4 T–8th
Purdue: 1–6 1–4
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1922–1923)
1922 Louisiana Tech 5–1–1 1–1–1 3rd
1923 Louisiana Tech 6–2 2–1 T–2nd
Louisiana Tech: 11–3–1
Wyoming Cowboys (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) (1924–1926)
1924 Wyoming 2–6 2–6 10th
1925 Wyoming 6–3 4–3 5th
1926 Wyoming 2–4–2 1–2–2 8th
Wyoming: 10–13–2 7–11–2
Albright Lions () (1937–1942)
1937 Albright 7–0–1
1938 Albright 4–5–1
1939 Albright 5–4
1940 Albright 5–5
1941 Albright 6–4
1942 Albright 4–5
Albright: 31–23–2
Total: 70–47–6


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Boston Redskins (Eastern) (1933–1934)
1933 Boston Redskins 5–5–2 3rd
1934 Boston Redskins 6–6 2nd
Boston Redskins: 11–11–2
Total: 11–11–2

College baseballEdit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs () (1923)
1923 Louisiana Tech 16–6
Louisiana Tech: 16–6
Total: 16–6


  1. College Football Reference Washington State University Football Records
  2. Miami Herald Washington State University all-time football records
  3. Washington State Cougars coaching records

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