As football coaches and players who had worked with and played for Scott Myers remembered him Wednesday, one word kept coming up in conversation after conversation.
“He fought and fought,” said Eddie Paul, who hired Myers as an assistant when Paul was coaching Plainview. “He was a great leader of young men, and he was just a heck of a guy.”
Myers, who returned to Chandler to coach his alma mater this season, died Wednesday morning after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 45.
He is survived by his wife, Shelly, and two children.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Chandler.
Before returning to Chandler, Myers was the head coach at Moore for four years and at Woodward before that.
Myers was diagnosed with kidney cancer in January 2010 when he was at Moore.
As he went through treatments, including radiation and chemotherapy, he kept coaching.
“I don't know how many times he'd be in practice, and you could tell he was hurting,” longtime friend and former assistant Greg Linstead said. “He had a fire in him that would (not) let him quit. He was a guy that was very passionate about his coaching. He'd love to go to clinics and talk to his peers. He wanted to do his best to help his kids become as successful as possible.”
Myers sometimes went to Houston for treatment in the middle of the week, so he could return for a Friday game.
“That man went through so much pain and so many things and he never missed a day,” said Corey Reeves, who played for Myers at Moore. “He was always there. He's a coach, so you look at what he taught you in a football way, but he's taught us more than I could ever describe.
“Those are things that we're going to live by for a long time.”
Moore lost 24 consecutive games from 2008 until the first district game in 2011, when the Lions whipped Choctaw, 27-9.
“I'd probably have to say that's the moment I remember most with him,” Reeves said. “Looking over to the sideline to try to find him and give him the game ball.
“You hear about all the effort and the time it takes to have a successful football program and we might not've won very many games there, but I don't think people realize how much time he put into it and how much fight that man had in him.”
Linstead and several others who had coached with Myers at Moore made a trip to see him Sunday.
“His toughness is just unbelievable,” Linstead said. “The poor guy, he was in a wheelchair and he couldn't hardly talk or anything. But he tried to stand up. He got some help and fell back down into the chair. He wanted to show us he could stand up. That's the kind of guy he was.”
Paul and his wife visited Myers for a final time a day later.
During this season, after the cancer had returned, Paul and former Moore head coach Tom Noles visited Myers on a Friday night.
The group listened to Chandler's game that night.
“I think that was his lifelong dream to go home and coach Chandler,” Paul said. “His son being a freshman there and being able to play for him added a different dimension.
“He is such a quality human being on and off the field. He always treated people great. He touched a lot of lives.”