Years at Loras: 1982-86
- David Dietz, a 1986 graduate, was the triggerman for what many fondly recall as four of the most successful seasons since the rebirth of intercollegiate football at Loras. A record-setting quarterback and inspirational leader, Dietz led the Duhawks to a combined 28-12-3 mark including a pair of eight-win seasons. Along the way, the NAIA All-American became Loras' all-time passing leader -- 6,196 yards and 62 touchdowns.
- When Dietz arrived in 1982 after an all-state career at Chicago's Gordon Tech, Loras was just getting back into football in a big way after having no team for 10 years and nine years of club football. As a freshman, Dietz threw for 862 yards -- still a Loras freshman record -- and the Duhawks went 7-3. As a sophomore, he led Loras to an 8-2-1 mark -- the schools' best record in 30 years. He never lost to arch rival St. Ambrose. Three of the losses in those seasons came by a combined 11 points. As junior standout, he led the Duhawks to a 5-5-1 mark, the first time since the Eddie Anderson-Elmer Layden coached teams in the 1920s the college had five straight non-losing seasons. He closed his career by quarterbacking the 1985 Duhawks to an 8-2-1 mark that included a national ranking after seven victories to open the season.
- The Loras football record book is almost a Dave Dietz diary when it comes to offense. He holds the Duhawk career records for pass attempts (821), completions (428), passing yards (6,96) and touchdowns (62). Dietz has the mark for completions in a game (26) and a season (148), passing in a season (2,099 in 1985) and touchdowns in a season (23 in 1985). Three other records attest to his leadership and durability -- season total offense (2,110 in 1984), career total offense (6,138) and number of plays (1,093 during his four years). Dietz was there when it counted for the Duhawks.
- Dietz continues his leadership and giving roles. He is a captain in the Chicago Fire Department and coaches several sports in grammar school and the famed Chicago park district leagues. With his wife Cindy and four children -- Danny, Hannah, Rachel and Matthew -- the family makes it home in Chicago.