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LETTERS: Coach Lloyd was a ‘one-of-a-kind’ man

I am sorry to hear the news of Coach Bill Lloyd’s passing. I had the privilege of playing for Coach Lloyd at Collins Hill High School when the school first opened.

I’m sure the task of starting a school and football program was a difficult one — and having to coach an offensive linemen that was as undersized as I was may have been a bigger headache — but the man had a great approach to football and the kids that played it.

I was fortunate to have wonderful parents who helped direct me to do the right things my whole life, but outside of Mom and Dad, Coach Lloyd had the biggest impact on my life and the direction it would take. On the field, he would always hold players accountable, but he never made things personal.

In the film room, he had a great way of calling us out (if I’m being honest, mostly me) to joke with our position group, “How do you look at yourself in the mirror?” “How do you face your mother with that kind of

effort?” “How do you sleep at night?” These were staples of film study that had us all laughing, but realizing where we needed to improve.

As I entered college, I went back and forth about my major, and went by to visit Coach Lloyd during a summer workout. I told him my concerns about choosing teaching and coaching as a career, and he shut those down quickly by saying, “I don’t think there’s a job out there that will allow you to have more fun than coaching.”

Coming from someone else, that statement may not have had as much impact as it did from Coach Lloyd. But I thought about how much fun he did have at work, and decided I’d like to follow the same career path. Fifteen years after that talk, he was right. I can only hope I’ve had some of the impact on my players as he did on me, but I know I’ve had as much fun as he did.

Coach Lloyd was a one-of-a-kind man. A guy you loved playing for, and a man you’ll remember your whole life. My condolences go out to his wife Carolyn, his son Mark and his family. I think I speak for a lot of his former players when I say he was a great example of how to love your job. For his fellow coaches, he was a great example of how to interact with the kids you coach.

I could write a whole list of memorable and lasting Bill Lloyd quotes, and most of them would make no sense unless you knew him. So what I’ll say to all of those that did know him, I’m sorry I couldn’t include them all, but “I was in a bind.”

Todd Welborn

Lanier High assistant football coach