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February 24, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Former UW OC gets Spokane high school job

Bill Diedrick, who had a fairly eventful run as an assistant at UW in the mid-90s, then helped lead Tyrone Willingham’s Stanford offenses to some of its greatest moments, has landed a new job as head coach at University High in Spokane.
Here’s the story from the Spokesman-Review, noting that Diedrick is a Spokane native who spent 11 years coaching and teaching in the district before embarking on a lengthy college and pro coaching career.
Diedrick was UW’s offensive coordinator and QB coach in 1994-95 and then just QB coach in 1996-97. He may be most remembered for making the call in the 1994 Oregon game that resulted in the Kenny Wheaton interception that won the game for the Ducks and led their Rose Bowl run.
I asked Diedrick about that play in 2004, by which time he was at Notre Dame and preparing to play against the Huskies. You can find those comments here.
He also in that story said that he was one of just two UW coaches who in 1997 thought Marques Tuiasosopo should be a QB and not a safety — he said Dick Baird was the other.
Diedrick coached Tuiasosopo at QB as a freshman in 1997. He left for Stanford after the 1997 season where he was OC in 1999 when the Cardinal made the Rose Bowl, coordinating a Stanford offense that led the Pac-10 in scoring and passing — and which certainly helped Willingham get hired as UW’s coach in 2005. Diedrick followed Willingham to Notre Dame in 2002 but didn’t come to UW with him amid rumblings that Willingham was told it might not be a good idea given Diedrick’s history with the Huskies and the struggles of the Notre Dame offense during that time.
Diedrick was an assistant last year at Indiana State working for another former UW assistant, Trent Miles.

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