Willard A. "Dutch" Witte (April 3, 1906 – February 13, 1966) was the head men's basketball and football coach of the University of Wyoming from 1930–31 through 1938–39 (basketball) and 1933 through 1938 (football). He led the Cowboys basketball team to an overall record of 134–51 in his tenure. His 1933–34 team, led by his younger brother and two-time consensus All-American Les Witte, finished 26–4 and were retroactively named national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation. He died in 1966 at a hospital in Fremont, Nebraska.[1] He also coached Wyoming to three division titles and two outright conference championships. He was inducted in the University of Wyoming Hall of Fame on September 12, 2003.

Willard Witte
Dutch Witte Wyoming.jpg
Witte from the 1934 Wyo
Biographical details
Born(1906-04-03)April 3, 1906
Lincoln, Nebraska
DiedFebruary 13, 1966(1966-02-13) (aged 59)
Fremont, Nebraska
Playing career
Football
1927–1929Nebraska
Basketball
1927–1930Nebraska
Position(s)Halfback, quarterback (football)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Basketball
1930–1939Wyoming
Football
1933–1938Wyoming
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1933–1939Wyoming
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Basketball
Helms national (1934)
2 RMC (1932, 1934)
3 RMC East Division (1931, 1933, 1936)

Head coaching recordEdit

FootballEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Wyoming Cowboys (Rocky Mountain Conference) (1933–1937)
1933 Wyoming 2–6–1 1–6–1 10th
1934 Wyoming 3–5 2–4 8th
1935 Wyoming 4–4 3–4 T–7th
1936 Wyoming 2–5–1 2–4–1 9th
1937 Wyoming 3–5 2–4 T–8th
Wyoming Cowboys (Mountain States Conference) (1938)
1938 Wyoming 2–5–1 1–4–1 6th
Wyoming: 16–30–3 11–26–3
Total: 16–30–3

BasketballEdit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Wyoming Cowboys (Rocky Mountain Conference) (1930–1938)
1930–31 Wyoming 19–4 11–1 1st (East)
1931–32 Wyoming 18–2 12–0 1st
1932–33 Wyoming 18–5 12–2 1st (East)
1933–34 Wyoming 26–4 14–0 1st Helms National Champions
1934–35 Wyoming 11–5 10–4 2nd
1935–36 Wyoming 12–7 11–3 1st (East)
1936–37 Wyoming 8–9 7–7 6th
1937–38 Wyoming 12–5 8–4 3rd
Wyoming Cowboys (Mountain States Conference) (1938–1939)
1938–39 Wyoming 10–11 7–5 3rd
Wyoming: 134–51 92–26
Total: 134–51

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Death Claims Former Coach for Cowboys", United Press International, February 15, 1966

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