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  • ID: I88788
  • Name: Edgar Allen "Ed" Diddle
  • Prefix: Coach
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 12 APR 1895 in Gradyville, Adair Co., Kentucky 1
  • EMPL: ABT 1920 Greenville High School, Greenville, Kentucky
  • EMPL: Western Kentucky State College, Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Note: later WKS University
  • Residence: 1940's & 1950's Diddle House basket ball dormitory, WKSC, Bowling Green, Ky.
  • Note: on or near Kismequek Lane (sp?) 2
  • Death: 2 JAN 1970 in Bowling Green, Warren Co., Kentucky 1
  • Occupation: Basketball Coach
  • HONO: 1970: elected to Basketball Hall of Fame, Baltimore, Maryland 1
  • HOBI: Shoooting. Had a great bird dog. 3
  • Note: Coach & Mrs. Diddle lived in a stone house on campus that contained dormitory facilities for the basketball squad. The boys lived as a large family and studied & ate together there. Coach Diddle's teams, esp. right after WWII, were frequently very successful, nationally acclaimed, often invited to prestige tournaments in NYC and elsewhere. Coach & Mrs. Diddle were very friendly & kind to my parents who were newly weds liviing in a nearby apartment, across from what was then the old football practice field (now highrise dorms). My mother's family lived in nearby Franklin and my father, a recent college grad who'd played on the undeafeated & unscored upon Duke football team that was in the 1942 "transplanted" Rose Bowl, had been hired at Western as an assistant football coach. The Diddles were much loved in the local community & surrounding area and in my youth Coach Diddle was regarded as "our hero" in much the same way West Los Angeles was to later regard Coach Wooden and love John & Nell Wooden as a couple. While Adolpf Rupp was gaining fame at. the Univ. of Ky., Southern Kentuckians were frustrated that UK would never agree to a match with any of Coach Diddle's teams during the great years. Daddy said, "Why would he? Rupp had everything to lose & nothing to gain." There were many stories about Coach Diddle, stories & quotes similar to those later told on the iconic baseball manager Yogi Barra. There were quotes of malpropisims, oxymorons, grammatical confusions in general, always funny, yet Coach made his points & was they were understood even if colorfully expressed.. Going to summer school classes at College High & with family attending Western, I became a committed Hilltopper fan . I loved the old hillside football stadium with the collonade (sp?) and vividly recall the first game & first season in the "new" basketball fieldhouse named for Coach Diddle. And after all these years I still use red towels in my bathroom.--AGP
  • Change Date: 27 APR 2010

    Father: John Haskins Diddle b: 1862
    Mother: Mary Elizabeth Hughes b: 1864

    Marriage 1 Louise Monin b: ABT 1906
      1. Has Children Living Diddle
      2. Has No Children Living Diddle

      1. Type: Internet posting
        Title: The Ancestors and Allied Families of Matthew T. Bell
        Date: Last updated 13 <ar 2008 (15625)
        Author: Thomas J.
        Detail: tjb@calwisp.com
        Repository: copy- AGP files
      2. Author: Information from AGP
        Detail: personal knowledge &/or from sources as noted.
      3. Author: Information from AGP
        Detail: personal knowledge &/or from sources as noted.
        Text: my father's stories
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