Cyrus E. Dietz

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Cyrus E. Dietz
Cyrus Dietz.png
Dietz pictured as captain of the 1901 Northwestern team
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1876-03-17)March 17, 1876
Omega, Illinois[1]
Died September 13, 1929(1929-09-13) (aged 53)
Moline, Illinois
Playing career
1898–1901 Northwestern
1902 Kansas State
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1902 Kansas State
Head coaching record
Overall 2–6

Cyrus Edgar Dietz (March 17, 1876 – September 13, 1929) was a justice of the Illinois Supreme Court and a college football player and coach.[2]

Dietz graduated in 1897 from the Grand Prairie Seminary in Onarga, Illinois. Dietz then attended Northwestern University, which was affiliated with the seminary. At Northwestern, Dietz played guard for four seasons for the football team, serving as captain of the team for the 1900 and 1901 seasons. Also starting on the team during three of these years was Dietz's brother, G. O. Dietz. Cyrus Dietz graduated from Northwestern in 1902 with a law degree, and was a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity along with his brother.

Dietz became the seventh head football coach for the Kansas State Wildcats in 1902, holding that position for one season.[3] Dietz also played with the team in its first game of the year in 1902.[3] His record at Kansas State was 2–6. Dietz's brother coached the team the following year.[4]

Dietz and his brother subsequently went into the practice of law together, opening a law firm in Moline, Illinois, with Burton Peek. In 1928, Dietz was selected special counsel to represent the State of Illinois in the Wisconsin v. Illinois case in the U.S. Supreme Court.[2]

Dietz was elected to the Illinois Supreme Court on November 6, 1928. He died in office the following year in Moline, after suffering injuries in a fall from a horse.[5] His brother, Godlove O. Dietz died in March of the same year.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Kansas State Aggies (Independent) (1902)
1902 Kansas State 2–6
Kansas State: 2–6
Total: 2–6


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b "Cyrus Dietz Biography". Illinois Supreme Court. Archived from the original on January 22, 2011. Retrieved September 3, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Willard, Julius (1940). History of Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. Kansas State College Press. p. 505. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Fitzgerald, Tim (2001). Wildcat Gridiron Guide: Past & Present Stories About K-State Football. ISBN 0-9703458-0-1. 
  5. ^ "Quad Cities Today in History". Quad Cities Online. Retrieved September 3, 2009. [permanent dead link]