Dewey Luster

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Dewey Luster
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1899-02-01)February 1, 1899
Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation
Died October 13, 1980(1980-10-13) (aged 81)
Norman, Oklahoma
Playing career
1917–1920 Oklahoma
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1937–1939 Oklahoma (backfield)
1941–1945 Oklahoma
Head coaching record
Overall 27–18–3
Accomplishments and honors
2 Big Six (1943–1944)

Dewey William "Snorter" Luster (February 1, 1899 – October 13, 1980) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Oklahoma from 1941 to 1945, compiling a record of 27–18–3. Luster was also a player on the Oklahoma Sooners football team from 1917 to 1920 under head coach Bennie Owen and was the captain of the 1920 undefeated team.

Luster was born in Tahlequah, capital of the Cherokee Nation, the son of Otis V. and Callie (Bates) Luster. His father was a merchant and later a newspaper editor in Pauls Valley.

Luster's tenure as head coach at Oklahoma was complicated by World War II. In the six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, nearly 60 Sooner athletes in all sports had enlisted in some branch of the armed services and more continued to enlist as the war progressed.[1] Luster resigned as head coach almost immediately after his Sooner team lost 47–0 to Oklahoma A&M on November 24, 1945. His official reason for his resignation was "poor health."[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Oklahoma Sooners (Big Six Conference) (1941–1945)
1941 Oklahoma 6–3 3–2 T–2nd
1942 Oklahoma 3–5–2 3–1–1 2nd
1943 Oklahoma 7–2 5–0 1st
1944 Oklahoma 6–3–1 4–0–1 1st
1945 Oklahoma 5–5 4–1 2nd
Oklahoma: 27–18–3 18–4–2
Total: 27–18–3
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ Keith, Harold (July 1942). "Sooner Sports" (PDF). Sooner Magazine. p. 15. 
  2. ^ Keith, Harold (January 1946). "Sooner Sports" (PDF). Sooner Magazine. p. 6. 

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