William Henry Schutte was born in Galveston, Texas on 7 May, 1910. His family moved to San Diego, California in 1924 when young William was 14. Bill graduated from San Diego High School in 1929. Later in life (1982) he was interviewed about his remembrances of his life experiences (Sports at San Diego High School). The full interview can be found at the San Diego History Center Site.
Bill Schutte went on to college at the University of Idaho where he played football. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Education. He returned to San Diego where he found employment as a custodian at San Diego High School during depression times until a teaching job was offered to him at the school in 1935.
He taught at San Diego High until he left to be Assistant Football Coach at Kansas State College. Then came WW II and Bill joined the Navy in 1941. He served in the South Pacific until early 1945. He was Lieutenant Commander.
Bill was first appointed to a faculty position at San Diego State in 1947. He was Assistant Professor and Head Football Coach. He served as Head Coach for 9 years until Paul Governali took over as Head Coach in 1956. Bill’s Head Coaching highlights included a winning record (48W-36L-4T) and bowl games in 1948 and 1951. The “Bill Schutte Era” as Coach is highlighted on the SDSU Aztec website.
Bill Schutte continued his teaching career in Physical Education and also served as Department Chair of Physical Education for Men between 1964 and 1969. During his career, he was promoted twice, finally to the rank of Professor.
Bill married Lucille E. Daney in 1962. He was age 52 and Lucille was age 43. Bill retired from San Diego State in 1975. He had already lost his wife Lucille, who passed away at age 54 in 1973. Bill later married wife Fran and they lived in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. At the time of his death in 1994 Bill and Fran lived in Orange County, California. In 1994, Bill was elected to the San Diego State Hall of Fame for his accomplishments at SDSU.
The William H. Schutte Memorial Scholarship Award was established at SDSU in his memory in 1994 through the efforts of a committee, headed by Carl Benton that included Rob Carlson, Leon Parma, Dick Mitchell, and Fred Bates. George Schutte, Bill’s brother, served as a family contact. Bill’s family, former colleagues (professors and coaches), students/athletes and friends contributed to the fund. Bill’s wife Fran made the initial family contribution to the endowment.
In 2016 it is offered to undergraduate students in Kinesiology and Athletic Training and for graduate students in Exercise Physiology, and the dual M.S. degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutritional Sciences.
- The number of scholarships awarded will be determined by the scholarship committee.
- The William Schutte Memorial Scholarship has a value up to $500.
- Minimum Overall Cumulative GPA of 3.00.
- Must be either a part-time student working as an athletics coach or a full-time student.
- Open to graduate and undergraduate students majoring in M.S in Exercise Physiology, M.S. Dual degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutritional Sciences,B.S. in Athletic Training or B.S. in Kinesiology with teaching and coaching career aspirations.
- Award may be renewed up to one additional year.
- Award is not renewed automatically. Prior recipients must reapply for consideration.
- Scholarship may be renewed.