The South Carolina Gamecocks lost one of their former coaches on Tuesday when Paul Dietzel passed away at the age of 89.
Dietzel served as the Gamecocks’ director of athletics (1966-75) and head football coach (1966-74). He compiled a 42-53-1 record in his nine seasons at the helm of the Carolina football team. He is the only football coach in school history to win a conference title, as his 1969 squad captured the ACC crown.
Dietzel was recently conducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame back in 2012. He is credited with writing the Carolina Fight Song and spearheading the upgrades to all athletic facilities during his time at Carolina.
Dietzel previously coached at LSU, earning a national title just two years after taking over in 1956. Dietzel left LSU to coach Army before joing South Carolina in 1966 after former coach, Marvin Bass, resigned in 1966.
There are a lot of accomplishments that Dietzel had at South Carolina that will forever be remembered by the Gamecock Nation. He's long considered a driving force in changing the way people viewed South Carolina athletics back during his time as coach and athletics director. He is credited with hiring Bobby Richardson to coach the baseball program in 1970, which was the start of the budding national power that Gamecock baseball has become.
He's an important figure in Gamecock history and will remain that way for years to come.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.