Walt Kiesling

Walt Kiesling

About Walt Kiesling

Walter Andrew Kiesling (May 27, 1903 March 2, 1962) was an American football player and coach. A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Kiesling played both offensive and defensive line at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota). His professional career took him to the Duluth Eskimos, Pottsville Maroons, Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, and Pittsburgh Steelers. Keisling's coaching career in the National Football League was spent exclusively with the Steelers. He was head coach for most of the six seasons from 1939 to 1944, and came back for a second stint from 1954 to 1956. In 1943 and 1944 he split head coaching duties with Greasy Neale when the Steelers merged with the Philadelphia Eagles (to form the 'Steagles') in '43 and then with Phil Handler when the Steelers merged with the Chicago Cardinals the following season. A 1939 Official Program for Pittsburgh Pirates Intra-Squad Game lists Keisling as 'Asst. Coach' and Johny Blood (McNally) as 'Coach'.

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