At Alternate Crop we were sad to hear of the death of two football coaches this week. The first was Darrell K Royal, the legendary University of Texas head coach. I had the pleasure of eating dinner with Royal in his hometown of Hollis, Okla., in 2003.
Berry Tramel and I traveled to Hollis for a story about the high school’s football field being named after him and ran into the coach at J.C.’s Grille before the game. Berry has put the story from 2003 on his blog along with his column about Royal still being an Okie despite having the greatest coaching career in Texas history.
The second death this week was Chandler head coach Scott Myers at age 45 from cancer. Former staffer John Clanton followed Myers for a night when he was coach of the Moore Lions. Myers had continued to coach the Lions after learning he had cancer. Clanton’s blog entry and audio slideshow are worth checking out here.
We enjoyed photographing these coaches and were happy they let us into their lives for a short time.