James Clyde Dietz, head coach of San Diego State University from 1972 to 2002, died Sunday in Florence, Ore. He was 83 years old.
He died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, said Carol’s wife. San Diego Union Tribune.
After coaching the first-year basketball team and youth college baseball team at the University of Oregon, Dietz was offered the job of head basketball coach at Lewis-Clark Normal School, now Lewis-Clark State College, in May 1971.
However, he turned down the offer a week later to take up the post of San Diego baseball coach.
Dietz had the most wins, 1,230, in Aztec history with a win rate of 0.620.
Under Dietz, the Aztecs went to the NCAA Tournament eight times (1979, 1981-84, 1986, and 1990-91) while winning the Western Athletic Conference five times (three regular seasons, two tournaments) and the Mountain West. twice (a regular session, a conference).
In the fall of 2001, the university named San Diego Padre Tony Gwynn, who was retiring that season, to replace Dietz at San Diego State after the 2002 season.
SDSU withdrew Dietz’s number in 2011 and inducted him into the campus Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019. He was also twice coach of the year at the Western Sports Conference.
Dietz sent 26 players to the major leagues, including Gwynn, Bud Black, Travis Lee and Dave Smith.
He is survived by his wife Carol, his son Steve, his daughter Jenny and many grandchildren.
– City news service
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