As high school football coaches, Graham Myrick and Hal Stewart had different styles.
Myrick, who coached 28 years at Fuquay-Varina High School, strictly enforced the team rules. He was ultra-organized and believed there was a right way to do things on the field and during practice.
Stewart, who coached at Garner High School for 16 seasons, flew by the seat of his pants. If a player unexpectedly missed practice, his first question was often, Whats going on at your house?
Both approaches clearly worked, as Myrick and Stewart became two of the most successful Wake County high school football coaches. They will be named honorary coaches this weekend by the N.C. Football Coaches Association in Greensboro. Its the highest honor given by the group to high school and college coaches.
They each did it their own way, the way that worked best for their personalities, said Thurman Leach, Garners current head football coach who nominated both men. But they taught me that the biggest thing in high school coaching is loving kids and always keeping their best interests at heart.
Myrick arrived in Wake County in 1964 from Bertie Central High School in Eastern North Carolina. Many ...