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September 30, 2013
I was really blessed to have had Dillon for a coach. I was one of Coach's girls from his Wichita South High 6A State championship basketball team in 1978. He was ahead of his time in many ways. He made us girls work as hard as any boys team. Our strength and conditioning put us ahead of many of our teams and won many games in the last game, quarter or inning we played. He had us practice with guys that were faster, stronger and could jump higher all to make us better and play harder than anyone else. He helped prepare me for college sports. If I had not had the training, conditioning and mental toughness I don't think I would have survived. I will say I was glad when I graduated because I didn't have to run anymore "grunts."

Coach also taught us a great deal about acceptance, determination, and positive reinforcement. Thanks for believing in us even when we didn't always believe in ourselves.

Jackie (1979)
September 09, 2013
We first became acquainted with Artie when our son Jason played basketball for him at Truesdell Middle School. After the season was over, I received a phone call from Artie wanting to know if it would be alright for him to place Jason "under his wing" and begin a workout program for him. Knowing how Jason loved and respected him, I said "yes", which began a wonderful friendship with a man who had a heart of gold and a discipline program that could be surpassed by no one. Coach kept these boys noses to the grindstone which left no energy for mischief. Everyone of his kids loved him and never complained because they knew he turned out winners in more ways than one. Jason continued his workout program all through middle and high school. One week before his senior year was to begin we were involved in a terrible accident which left Jason paralyzed from the chest down. Jason had not been told of the extent of his injuries because the doctors wanted him stronger. To make a long story short, we received a call from SICU unit at the hospital because an intern told our son everything while he was alone. We rushed to his room to see desperate young man wanting to know if it was true. He looked at us and said "I need to see coach". I doubt that Artie even had breakfast because he was at Jason's side in a flash. He continued with Jason's work-outs weekly and with coaches support Jason never uttered the word "can't". Artie stayed with him working out his neck and shoulders until our son passed away. Words can never express what Artie did for Jason and we would like to Thank you Connie and family for understanding coach and supporting all of the precious time he gave of his self to his students creating responsible caring adults.
September 08, 2013
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
September 05, 2013
on September 6th from 9am-11am Bob and Bruce will be taking calls on Air on Sports Daily--Tell your Artie Dillon Stories--KFH Radio 98.7fm 1240 am This will be a great Tribute to Artie who touched so many people. 316 436 1330 is the number If you live out of Wichita you can listen on line at
September 03, 2013
Daddy Dillion, That is what I called him. It was back in 75-78 Coach Dillon would pick us up for Saturday practice,so we would't have to ride the bus from across town for a hour,and after practice he would take us to lunch (fish and chips) I will never forget,how good he was to me. He gave me another chance when I quit the 78 championship team and I blow that. But I was still bless with a schlarship to Friends Univ. One night we had a home game at Friends U. I look up for some resaon and here comes Coach Dillion and a group of girls from South High to see me play that night,I hit 28 points I was in a Zone LOL for Coach Dillon:)I will never forget Daddy Dillon. Now I'm a Coach.
Coach Dillon RIP
Cathy Voner.
August 31, 2013
The Wichita Alumnae of Alpha Phi Fraternity extends our deepest sympathy to Conne and your family for your loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. Amongst our sorority family, are members of the South High alumnae who learned so much from Coach Dillon....and some of us schooled with Bambi at East, and some of us schooled with Conne at WSU. So many memories we have been given by the Dillons. May your memories sustain you as you grieve his departure from this earthly life.
August 30, 2013
I first met Artie in the fall of 1971. I was a student teacher in P.E. at South High. He was a great role model for a beginning teacher to be around. He was very professional,besides having a great personality. I also worked out with him at
Dillons Gym on Maple for a long time.
I will miss Artie. There are not enough people like him in the world today.
August 29, 2013
This city has lost on of its greatest coach. I met coach Dillon at South and became one of his power lifters. We train 6days a week out of his grarge. He enter me in many events during high school. This is one coach I will never forget.
August 28, 2013
We are so sorry to hear that Artie has passed away. We have known him since the late fiftys. Artie and Connie moved across the street from Dave and I on South Glenn. Artie was so much fun to be around. Love to you and and your family from. Dave and Kay Harlan
August 28, 2013
Connie, thanks for the email... again I met coach in 1960 at Lawrence stadium. I watched him dress in his baseball uniform and play and argue with my dad, Volney. They were friends and he treated me great when I played for him at South. Then as I coached Football and Basketball here in The city league we became friends. Coach was one of the first to come visit me at St Joe in 1995 when I broke my neck. He Trained my son in 94 when Vince played at SE for D. Johnson. I agree with Tom, Gary and Jack, etc what a great guy. I am sad about Coach's death. What a great influence.. I still have my South High Weight Lifting T shirt! A good Man

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