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Washington State Cougars

The Washington State Cougars football team is the intercollegiate football team of Washington State University. The team is part of the Pacific-12 Conference. They are currently coached by Mike Leach.

The Cougars play home games on campus at Martin Stadium, which opened in 1972; the site dates back to 1892 when it was called Soldier Field. Its present seating capacity is 33,522.

Early History (1894-1925)

Washington State's first head football coach was William Goodyear. That team played only two games in its iunaugural season 1894, posting a 1-1 record. The team's first win was over Idaho.

The first paid head football coach was William L. Allen, who served as head coach in 1900 and 1902, posting an overall record of 6-3-1.

John R. Bender served as head football coach from 1906-1907 and 1912-1914, compiling a record of 21-12.

William Henry Dietz was the Cougars' head football coach from 1915-1917, posting a stellar 17-2-1 record. Dietz's 1915 team won the Rose Bowl. Dietz was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2012.

Albert Exendine served as Washington State's head football coach from 1923-1925, posting a 6-13-4 overall record.

Early History (1894-1925)

Washington State's first head football coach was William Goodyear. That team played only two games in its iunaugural season 1894, posting a 1-1 record. The team's first win was over Idaho.

The first paid head football coach was William L. Allen, who served as head coach in 1900 and 1902, posting an overall record of 6-3-1.

John R. Bender served as head football coach from 1906-1907 and 1912-1914, compiling a record of 21-12.

William Henry Dietz was the Cougars' head football coach from 1915-1917, posting a stellar 17-2-1 record. Dietz's 1915 team won the Rose Bowl. Dietz was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2012.

Albert Exendine served as Washington State's head football coach from 1923-1925, posting a 6-13-4 overall record.