Sadly, we report that the “Dietzel-powered Engine” has gone silent today. Famed head football coach and Athletic Director Paul Dietzel passed away today. Were it not for his bright idea to bring in Yankee star Bobby Richardson to helm the University of South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team as head coach, making him an offer that could not be refused, the fortunes of Gamecocks baseball might have continued on its mediocre path. Once Richardson became the university’s first full-time head baseball coach, the destiny of the program was placed on a path that led directly to back-to-back national championships in 2011 and 2011.
Our heartfelt condolences go to Paul Dietzel’s surviving family members.
Coach Dietzel graciously shared with us arguably the most pivotal decision and moment in the Gamecocks’ baseball history. — Co-authors J. David Miller and Ron Kule, Pressure Makes Diamonds A Timeless Tale of America’s Greatest Pastime.
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