Chester Pittser

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Chester Pittser
Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1893-07-29)July 29, 1893
Gunnison, Colorado
Died October 17, 1978(1978-10-17) (aged 85)
Chula Vista, California
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1924–1931 Miami (OH)
1934–1942 Montclair State
1934–1944 Montclair State
1925–1931 Miami (OH)
1935–1943 Montclair State
Head coaching record
Overall 82–45–5 (football)
123–67 (basketball)
129–67–2 (baseball)
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[edit]

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.

Coaching career[edit]


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.

Montclair State[edit]

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.


Pittser died on October 17, 1978 in Chula Vista, California at the age of 85.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Miami Redskins (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1924–1927)
1924 Miami 2–6 1–5 7th
1925 Miami 5–3 3–2 T–8th
1926 Miami 5–2–1 4–2–1 T–8th
1927 Miami 8–1 7–1 T–1st
Miami Redskins (Buckeye Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1928–1931)
1928 Miami 6–2
1929 Miami 7–2
1930 Miami 4–4–1
1931 Miami 4–5
Miami: 41–25–2
Montclair State Big Red (Independent) (1934–1942)
1934 Montclair State 5–1
1935 Montclair State 5–1–1
1936 Montclair State 4–3
1937 Montclair State 5–2–1
1938 Montclair State 4–2–1
1939 Montclair State 5–2
1940 Montclair State 6–3
1941 Montclair State 5–4
1942 Montclair State 2–2
Montclair State: 41–20–3
Total: 82–45–5


  1. ^ "Chester Pittser". The Blade. October 19, 1978. Retrieved September 16, 2010. 

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