JOE S. DIENHART (Deceased)
Inducted: January 19, 1974 in Richmond, IN
Date of Birth: December 30, 1903 in Lafayette, IN
High School Attended: Lafayette Jefferson Graduated: 1922
High School Honors: Varsity football captain of Jefferson's first football team; also played basketball.
College Attended: University of Notre Dame Graduated: 1925
College Honors: Varsity football 1923-1925; also lettered in basketball; member of 1924 National Champions.
Professional Athletic Background: Played semi–pro football with Kokomo American Legion team 1927-1928.
Coaching Experience: Head football coach at Cathedral HS, Indianapolis, 1928-1938, winning state football title in 1931; head football coach at St. Joseph College 1938-1943, winning ICC Football Championships 1941, 1942; varsity football line coach at Purdue University 1943-1946; also coached basketball and baseball.
Coaching Honors: City Champions 4 times in 10 years while at Cathedral; undefeated in 21 games at St. Joseph College; Purdue went undefeated, untied and became Big 10 and National Champions 1943.
Special Recognition: Officiated high school and college football games; assistant director of athletics to Red Mackey until Red Mackey’s death in 1971; Athletic Ticket Manager at Purdue 1960-1971; inducted into Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame 1971 and St. Joseph's College Sports Hall of Fame 1972; served as mayor of West Lafayette, IN, after leaving Purdue.
Coach Dienhart passed away December 8, 1987.