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William H. "Tippy" Dye

Class of 2008


Tippy Dye

  • Tippy Dye
    Tippy Dye

Birthdate: April 1, 1915
Birthplace: Harrisonville , Ohio
High School: Pomeroy High School (1933)
College: The Ohio State University (1937)
Died: April 11, 2012
Year Inducted: 2008

Born William Henry Harrison Dye - his nickname was taken from the "Tippecanoe" reference attached to his presidential namesake. Dye grew up in Pomeroy, Ohio and was an outstanding player at Pomeroy High School and Ohio State University. He served as guard, playmaker and defensive specialist on three OSU teams that compiled a 38-21 record and a 20-17 mark in the league. Dye was first team All-Big Ten as junior and senior and also played baseball and quarterbacked the OSU football team to three victories over Michigan.

Tippy Dye graduated from OSU in 1937 and served as head coach at Brown University (1942-46) and OSU (1946-50), winning Big Ten title with 22-4 record in 1949-50. He coached at University of Washington nine years, compiling a 158-91 record with six Pac-Ten titles and the school’s only Final Four appearance, before serving as athletics director at Wichita, Nebraska and Northwestern. His overall coaching record for 14 seasons was 222-132. His teams had 10 winning seasons.

Tippy Dye passed away April 11, 2012 in California at the age of 97. Read his obituary here.