Bill Diedrick, Jr. has had an incredible career in football, both as a player and as a coach. He played for Eastern Washington University in 1965 (8-1), 1966 (7-1-1), 1967 (11-1) and 1969 (4-5) for a collective record of 30-8-1. In his college career he completed 274 of 532 passes (51.5 percent) for 4,076 yards, including 50 touchdowns and only 27 interceptions. His career passing efficiency rating of 136.7 stood as a school record for nearly 30 years, as did his single season rating of 157.0 in 1967.
After receiving his master's degree in 1971 from the University of Hawaii, Bill spent more than 30 years coaching high school, college, and professional football. He coached at Ferris and Rogers High Schools in the Greater Spokane League. He went on to an illustrious collegiate coaching career with stops at Whitworth, Montana State, Idaho, Washington State, Washington, Stanford, Notre Dame, and the Canadian Football League.
The former Eastern All-American quarterback was inducted into the “Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame” in 2006.
Diedrick coached many highly-touted quarterbacks in his career, including Brady Quinn, Todd Husak, Randy Fasani, Chris Lewis, Joe Borchard, Marques Tuiasosopo, Damon and Brock Huard, Drew Bledsoe, John Friesz, and Kelly Bradley. In all, 12 quarterbacks he coached went on to play in the National Football League.
As a coach, Diedrick received a Lifetime Award from the American Football Coaches Association and was a member of the East-West Shrine Game coaching staff. In addition, he coached in 13 playoff games and eight bowl games in his collegiate and professional coaching career.
In 2008 Bill Diedrick Jr. returned to his hometown to become head football coach at University High School. After three years there, he retired in 2011, closing a coaching career of nearly four decades. (Photo: San Francisco Chronicle)