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The passing of two coaches

by Nate Billings and Doug Hoke Modified: April 18, 2013 at 11:59 am •  Published: November 9, 2012
Hollis, Okla. - Nov. 7, 2003. Former Texas coach and Hollis high school football player Darrell K Royal, right, signs a program for Hollis resident Kenneth Bartlett during halftime of the Hollis vs. Mangum high school football game. Hollis has named their football field after Royal. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Hollis, Okla. - Nov. 7, 2003. Former Texas coach and Hollis high school football player Darrell K Royal, right, signs a program for Hollis resident Kenneth Bartlett during halftime of the Hollis vs. Mangum high school football game. Hollis has named their football field after Royal. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

 

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.

 

Hollis, Okla. - Nov. 7, 2003. Former Texas coach and Hollis high school football player Darrell K Royal, right, reaches over Dustin Adams, middle, to talk to Justin Fletcher, left, as the Hollis Tigers pose for a picture with Coach Royal at Hollis High School. Hollis has named their football field after Royal. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Hollis, Okla. - Nov. 7, 2003. Former Texas coach and Hollis high school football player Darrell K Royal, right, reaches over Dustin Adams, middle, to talk to Justin Fletcher, left, as the Hollis Tigers pose for a picture with Coach Royal at Hollis High School. Hollis has named their football field after Royal. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

 

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.

 

Moore head football coach Scott Myers talks with quarterback Vova Razryvin before a game at Norman High School in Norman on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman
Moore head football coach Scott Myers talks with quarterback Vova Razryvin before a game at Norman High School in Norman on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman

 

We enjoyed photographing these coaches and were happy they let us into their lives for a short time.

 

-Nate Billings

 

by Nate Billings
Photographer
Nate Billings never planned to become a photojournalist. He took pictures as a hobby growing up and worked as an assistant for his father, a commercial still and video photographer, but chose to study English Literature in college. Billings did...
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by Doug Hoke
Photography Manager
Director of Photography Doug Hoke started his career at The Oklahoman and Times as a part-timer December 1976. After just his third semester at Central State University (now University of Central Oklahoma). Hoke was moved onto the full-time staff...
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