A. B. Dille

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A. B. Dille
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Dille pictured in Reveille 1911, Mississippi State yearbook
Sport(s) Football
Playing career
1910 Mississippi A&M
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1914-1916 Southern Miss
Head coaching record
Overall 6-10-1

Avery B. Dille was an American football and basketball player, coach, and sports figure in the United States.

Playing history[edit]

Dille played halfback for the Mississippi A&M (now Mississippi State University) football team[1] and was awarded a letter for the 1910 season.[2]

Coaching history[edit]


Dillie was the head coach of the Mississippi Normal college football program in Hattiesburg, Mississippi (now called "University of Southern Mississippi"). He held the position from 1914 until conclusion of the 1916 season and was the third person to hold the position at the school. His overall record at Southern Miss was 6 wins, 10 losses, and 1 tie.[3] As of conclusion of the 2009 season, this ranks him 12th in terms of total wins at the school.[4]

A unique positive turning point occurred in the 1916 season as the result of a loss. In what was called the program's "Greatest pre-World War I success" the team lost to Ole Miss by a score of 13 to 7. The school's leadership at the time took this as a sign that the program could compete nationally in the sport of football.[5]

Due to World War I, the school ceased competing in football after completion of the 1916 season and did not restart the program until 1919, when Cephus Anderson would start the program back up.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
1914 Southern Miss 2-3-1
1915 Southern Miss 4-4
1916 Southern Miss 0-3
Total: 6-10-1
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


While at Mississippi Normal, Dillie also served as the head basketball coach from 1913 until the conclusion of the 1915-1916 season, where his teams produced a record of 29 wins and 14 losses (0.674). Dillie was the second person to hold the position at the school.[7]


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