Following an almost three-year battle with cancer, Chandler head football coach Scott Myers died Wednesday morning.
He was 45.
Myers, a Chandler High School graduate, is survived by his wife, Shelly, and their two children.
“He was a great individual, and he loved kids and he loved his family,” said Eddie Paul, a longtime friend and former colleague of Myers. “He fought and fought as long as he could.”
Paul hired Myers to coach with him at Plainview High School in 1993, and they served together for seven years before Myers took a coaching job at Chickasha. From there, Myers went to Moore High School, and was then the head coach at Woodward for three years.
He returned to Moore briefly before taking on the head coaching job at Chandler this year.
“I think one of his dreams was to go back to Chandler and coach,” Paul said.
Tommy Noles, now retired, was head coach at Moore during Myers’ time there.
“He was a great coach, a great person, a great everything,” Noles said of Myers. “He’s certainly a role model for everyone. He’s my hero.”
Noles said Myers is the “epitome of toughness” for the pain he endured.
Chandler athletic director Joe Telford mirrored that expression.
“Scott went through a lot of pain the last few months,” Telford said. “But he stayed as long as he could with those kids.”
“He was a great guy,” Noles said. “He’s one of the best guys I’ve ever known. He had a lot of influence and a lot of impact on a lot of young people.”
Services for Myers will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Chandler. Telford said Myers’ request was that no flowers be brought, and that any donations that were to be made instead be made to the football booster club to go toward acquiring new lockers for the players.