|Sport(s)||Football, basketball, baseball|
July 29, 1893|
|Died||October 17, 1978
Chula Vista, California
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
1 OAC (1927)
Chester Matthias "Chett" Pittser (July 29, 1893 – October 17, 1978) was an American football, basketball, and baseball coach at the college level. He served as the head football coach at the Montana School of Mines from 1920-1921, Miami University from 1924 to 1931 and at Montclair State Teachers College, now Montclair State University, from 1934 to 1942, compiling a career college football record of 82–45–5. Pittser was also the head basketball coach at Montclair State from 1934 to 1944, tallying a mark of 123–67, and the head baseball coach at Miami (1925–1931) and Montclair State (1935–1943), amassing a career college baseball record of 129–67–2.
Education and playing career
Pittser graduated from the University of Illinois in 1924 and received his master's degree from Columbia University in 1931. He was also an all-league fullback and pitcher at Colorado School of Mines.
Pittser served as football coach for Miami University in Oxford, Ohio from 1924 through 1931 with a record of 41–25–2. Pittser came to Miami from Montana School of Mines where he coached football and basketball. While at Miami, he mentored future Pro Football Hall of Fame coaches, Paul Brown and Weeb Ewbank.
Pittser's was the baseball coach during this same period he was football coach. During his tenure the baseball teams captured three Buckeye Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles and shared two others in compiling a record of 77 wins and 21 losses. He has the highest winning percentage (.786) of any Miami head coach. He was inducted into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame in 1970.
After leaving Miami, he coached football, basketball, and baseball at Montclair State Teachers College in Montclair, New Jersey from 1934 to 1944. In 1934, Pittser became the fourth head football coach in school history and had a career record of 41–20–3. His best year was his first when he led Montclair to a record of 5–1. For the season, Pittser's defense only allowed 12 points with the lone loss coming to Trenton State College, 6–0. Pittser also had a 52–46–2 record as a baseball coach and is a charter member of the Montclair State College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Head coaching record
|Miami Redskins (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1924–1927)|
|Miami Redskins (Buckeye Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1928–1931)|
|Montclair State Big Red (Independent) (1934–1942)|