William Henry Lone Star Dietz (1884-1964), the most colorful coach to grace a sideline, is as controversial 40 years after his death as he was in life. Artist, teacher, actor, writer, championship dog breeder and athlete--teammate of Jim Thorpe on the legendary Carlisle Indian School football teams and protege of Glenn S. "Pop" Warner--Dietz was truly a Renaissance man. Mostly forgotten for a half century were it not for the Redskins naming controversy, Lone Star's story deserves to be told--and it finally is.
Tom Benjey has finally completed his biography, Keep A-goin': the life of Lone Star Dietz. The book is heavily illustrated with over 250 drawings and photographs. Most of the Indian Art was done by him, his first wife the renowned Winnebago artist Angel DeCora or their talented Carlisle Indian students.
Follow Lone Star's coaching stops from Carlisle to Washington State to Mare Island, Purdue, Louisiana Tech, Wyoming, Stanford, Haskell, Boston Redskins, Temple and finally to Albright College. Learn about his upset victory over Fritz Pollard and his Brown team in the 1916 Rose Bowl. Follow his tribulations with the Mare Island Marines and their loss to the Great Lakes Navy team led by George Halas in the 1919 Rose Bowl.
Explore this web site to find out more about One Star's nephew, a most fascinating character.