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Chester M. "Chet" Pittser (July 29, 1893 – October 17, 1978) was an American football, basketball and baseball coach at the college level. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1924 and received his master's degree from Columbia University in 1931. He was also an all-league fullback and pitcher at Colorado School of Mines.


College Coach

Miami University

Pittser served as football coach for Miami University in Oxford, Ohio from 1924 through 1931 with a record of 41-25-2. Pittser came to Miami from Montana School of Mines where he coached football and basketball. While at Miami, he is best known for coaching future Hall of Fame coaches, Paul Brown and Weeb Ewbank.

Pittser's was the baseball coach during this same period he was football coach. During his tenure the baseball teams captured three Buckeye Conference titles and shared two others in compiling a record of 77 wins and 21 losses. He has the highest winning percentage (.786) of any Miami head coach. He was inducted into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame in 1970.

Miami University football record

Year Overall (Conf./place) Bowl Game
1924 2-4 (-/-) None
1925 5-3 (-/-) None
1926 5-2-1 (-/-) None
1927 8-1 (-/-) None
1928 6-2 (-/-) None
1929 7-2 (-/-) None
1930 4-4-1 (-/-) None
1931 4-5 (-/-) None

Montclair State College

After leaving Miami, he coached football, basketball and baseball at Montclair State College in Montclair, New Jersey from 1934-1943. In 1934, Pittser became the fourth head football coach in school history and had a career record of 41-20-3. His best year was his first when he led Montclair to a record of 5-1. For the season, Pittser’s defense only allowed 12 points with the only loss being a 6-0 to Trenton State College. He also had a 52-46-2 record as a baseball coach and is a charter member of the Montclair State College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Montclair State College football record

Year Overall (Conf./place) Post Season
1934 5-1 NA None
1935 5-1-1 NA None
1936 4-3 NA None
1937 5-2-1 NA None
1938 4-2-1 NA None
1939 5-2 NA None
1940 6-3 NA None
1941 5-4 NA None
1942 2-2 NA None


Preceded by
Harry Ewing
Miami University Head Football Coaches
Succeeded by
Frank Wilton
Preceded by
Ernest McCoy
Montclair State College Head Football Coaches
Succeeded by
Alden C. Coder


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