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Dalzell (left) and Jay Berwanger admire the Heisman Trophy earned by Berwanger in 1935. Photo courtesy: Tim Rogers of the Telegraph Herald
DALZELL, Wilbur. (Dartown, OH, Nov. 11, 1897--Dubuque, IA, July 18, 1980). Dalzell was the first prep coach named to the Iowa Coaches' Hall of Fame in three sports--football, wrestling and track. Inducted in 1968 for his football coaching record, Dalzell came to DUBUQUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in 1922 as an assistant coach in football and track and head wrestling coach. He served as the head football coach for twenty-two years during which his teams won 104 games, lost 79, and tied 19. This record stood until 1990 when it was broken by STEPHEN HEMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL football coach Robert TIMMERMAN.

Dalzell's football teams won the Mississippi Valley Conference championship five times from 1931 and 1943 (1931, 1933, 1937, 1939, 1943). His 1931 Ram team was captained by Jay BERWANGER, later the first winner of the HEISMAN TROPHY. Lester J. "Dick" HOERNER, another football star under Dalzell, went on to fame as a member of the Los Angeles Rams.

Dalzell, head coach for the first high school all star football game, helped form the eastern Iowa Mississippi Valley Conference. In November 1964, Dalzell was honored with the naming of Dalzell Field.



Dubuque Senior High School Sports Hall of Fame (1992). Online: http://senior.dbqschools.org/athletics/sports-hall-of-fame/sports-hall-of-fame-1996/

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