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.nDepth: Living for Friday nights View/sign the guest book