UPDATE: Winfield students pause for prayer as they remember former coach

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UPDATE 6/1/17 @ 9:20 a.m.
WINFIELD, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Dozens of students in Winfield gathered for a prayer service on what would have been Coach Leon McCoy's 89th birthday.

The beloved coach and community legend passed away Saturday.

Several students, wearing shirts made in McCoy's honor, spoke at the prayer service.

McCoy's son-in-law, David Bailey also spoke to the students about how McCoy was an inspiring man of God and how he wasn't just an athletic pillar of the community, but a spiritual one.

Winfield High School's graduation is Thursday evening so in honor of McCoy's famous commencement speech, many of the prayers included the phrase "If I could pray."

The service was filled with emotion as students honored the man they considered not only as a role model, but friend.

The community is planning to sell the McCoy shirts to raise money for a scholarship fund.



UPDATE 6/1/17 @ 12:05 a.m.
WINFIELD, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Countless refrains of love and admiration stamped a celebration of the life of a Winfield legend.

Wednesday, family, friends and former football players -- too many to count -- said goodbye to coach Leon McCoy; filling his home football stadium for a final sendoff.

"This is the way he would want to go out," lifelong friend and Marshall football coach Doc Holliday said. "You look around and you see the number of people here...I'm not sure there's a more respected man that I've ever known."

McCoy, who led the Generals' football program to 213 wins and two state championships during his tenure as coach, was carried across midfield of Winfield's stadium.

After the ceremony, he was walked out in a "reverse football entrance," exiting out of a tunnel of former players and other friends, among a crowd of hundreds.

For McCoy's son-in-law, David Bailey, it was the perfect goodbye for a man most deserving of the eternal support of home.

"I'm just humbled by the turnout," Bailey said. "I'd like to say to him, 'You have scored your eternal touchdown.'"


UPDATE 5/29/17 @10:51 p.m.
WINFIELD, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Family will host a celebration of life ceremony for coach Leon McCoy Wednesday night at six o'clock at Winfield High School.

A reception will follow at the same location. It is expected to begin at 7 pm..

On Thursday morning an event to honor the beloved coach will happen at the Winfield High School Football Field at 7:30 a.m..

The event is being called the "If I Could Pray Day."

McCoy died Saturday.

McCoy guided the Winfield Generals to two state championships back in 1985 and 1987.

He also recorded 213 wins as Winfield head football coach. His coaching career began at Winfield with a 4 year stint between 1955-59. He then was head coach for 20 years between 1969-89 and had one final year at Generals head coach in 1994.



ORIGINAL STORY
WINFIELD, W. VA. (WSAZ) -- The community of Winfield is mourning the passing of a coaching legend as Leon McCoy who died Saturday evening.

McCoy guided the Generals to two state championships back in 1985 and 1987.

He also recorded 213 wins as Winfield head football coach. His coaching career began at Winfield with a 4 year stint between 1955-59. He then was head coach for 20 years between 1969-89 and had one final year at Generals head coach in 1994.

He was a very influential educator and coach during those year in Putnam County. In fact, during Marshall football coach Doc Holliday's first ever press conference, Holliday brought up McCoy to the podium and told those in attendance how special he was and how McCoy influenced his life.

McCoy was a native of Charleston.




 
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