Marvin DienerHead Football Coach / Offensive Line Coach
Marvin Diener returns this fall for his twelfth season as Head Football coach for the Gardner Edgerton Trailblazers. Diener has led the Blazers to a 73-44 record over-all. The Blazers have participated in the play-offs 8 of the 11 seasons coached by Diener and have appeared in 4 Sub-State Championship games over the last 9 seasons. Last year coach Diener won his 250th career victory, making him only the 17th coach in Kansas High School Football history to win 250 or more victories. Coach Diener ended last season with his career win mark at 253, placing him the 15th winningest coach in the state’s history.
Before taking the job at Gardner Edgerton, Diener was the head coach for 19 years at Salina Central High School. While at Central he built that program into one of the most prolific programs in the state. During his 19 years at Central, Diener’s teams recorded a 170-42 overall record, 17 winning seasons, 11 League Championships, 16 play-off appearances, 14 Regional Championships, State-Runner-up 3 times, and 6 5A State Championships. Coach Diener is only the 6th coach in the state’s history to win at least 6 state championships and the only one to win six at the 5A classification. During his last 14 seasons at Central he compiled a 149-15 record and during his last five years as head coach of the Mustangs a 58-3 record with 3 State Championships.
Before taking the job at Central, Diener was the head football Coach for the 4A Hoisington High School Cardinals for 3 seasons. In Diener’s third season he led the Cardinals to their first ever play-off game and was named 4A All-Area Coach of the Year by the Hutchinson News Paper.
Diener’s first coaching experience came in the Wichita City League as an assistant and Defensive coordinator at Bishop Carroll High School. During Diener’s 2 seasons at Carroll, the Golden Eagles improved from a no win season to a state play-off birth the second year.
Diener started his playing career as an offensive guard and linebacker at Haven High School. Diener’s college football days saw him playing in the secondary for the Southwestern College Moundbuilders. Diener received all-league honors at both the high school and college levels his senior years.
Diener has received many Coaching Honours during his 34 years of coaching. In 2003 Diener was named to the Southwestern College Hall of Fame. In 1998 Diener was named as the Section 5 National High School Coach of the Year (NFICA) and in 1996 the Kansas State Coach of the Year (Wichita Eagle, Topeka Capital a& KS Coaches Ass). Diener has also been named League Coach of the Year, 5A Coach of the year, All Area, and All County Coach of the Year numerous numbers of times. In 2008 season for the Trailblazers, Coach Diener was named Metro Coach of the Year by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Diener has been married for 36 years to his wife Lessie, and they have two children David age 29 and Matti age 23. Lessie teaches P.E. at Smith Hale 7th and 8th Grade and loves riding horses, reading and singing. David who was named to the “Top 11 All Class All State” team his senior season at Central also received All-league” honours playing Linebacker for the William Jewell Cardinals his last 2 seasons of college football. David just finished his sixth season on the Blazer Coaching Staff as the Offensive Coordinator. David teaches health and athletic development at GEHS and enjoys reading, golfing and working out. David is married to Paula who works for Cerner and they have 2 girls Brianna 3 and Troian born this June. Matti is a 5th year Senior this year at Oklahoma State University. Matti enjoys horses and Twirling. Matti’s twirling accomplishments include being named the State’s Miss Majorette of Kansas and many Top Ten placing (Including 3 Baton National Champion) at the National Twirling competitions. Matti is entering her fifth year as the featured twirler at OSU and once again will be leading the prestigious OSU marching cowboy band each home football game this season at Stillwater. Matti also has participated in both the Miss Kansas and Miss Oklahoma State pageants. Besides coaching, Coach Diener enjoys golf, running, painting and reading. Most of all he loves being “Papa” to his 2 little granddaughters.