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November 8, 2012

Former Moore coach dies at 45

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Myers left Moore High after last season to take the head coaching job with his alma mater at Chandler High. In his only season with CHS he lead it to a 5-5 record and just shy of making the postseason.

Myers was diagnosed with renal kidney cancer in January 2010 when a tumor was found. He endured difficult treatments such as radiation on his spine and chemotherapy. Despite the constant pain he was in, Myers was on the sideline for every Moore game in 2010 and 2011.

“I remember during my sophomore year, he was out there running plays with us, covering us, running with us,” Reeves said. “When the cancer hit, it put that to a halt. He was one of the toughest and strongest men I’ve ever met in my life. And to see that amount of pain in his eyes was crazy.”

Myers took over as the Lions skipper in 2008. In his first four seasons, his team went 1-31. In his final season at MHS the Lions went 2-8. That included ending a 24-game losing streak.

“There would be days a lot of us would say I don’t feel like practicing today,” Haddox said. “But he has got cancer and he’s at the field every day, more so than we are, 10 to 12 hours a day, working his but off, trying to do things for us. You look at that, it gives you the motivation to want to be better than you are.”

But it was the life lessons Myers taught his players that will stay with them the longest.

“I think I am a better person for having him as a coach,” Haddox said. “I became a better football player. I just think that anybody that comes in contact with him knows that he changes peoples lives.”

Michael KinneyFollow me @eyeamtruthmkinney@normantranscript.com

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