Services will be private for former University of South Carolina football coach and State Sen. Warren Giese according to Dunbar Funeral Home.
Giese passed away on Thursday at the age of 89. His death was first announced during USC’s football game against Vanderbilt Saturday night.
Giese coached the Gamecocks from 1956-1960, compiling a 28-21-1 record in his five years at South Carolina. His best season was in a 7-3 record and #13 national ranking in 1958.
He later became more involved in the school on the academic side, serving as the dean of the College of Health and Physical Education in the late 1970s. He became a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in 1984.
He was elected to the South Carolina Senate as a Republican later that year. He would represent northeast Richland County for the next 20 years.
Giese served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 until 1946. He played football for Oklahoma and Central Michigan soon after leaving the service.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, and four children. His son Barney Giese is the former 5th Circuit Solicitor for Kershaw and Richland counties.