WOLFFORTH, TX (KCBD) - Don Black spent 28 years working as defensive coordinator, head track and field coach and junior high coordinator out at Frenship.
"Every one of them respected him, and just loved playing for the man," Frenship Head Baseball Coach Chad Reynolds said.
Coach Black spent more than a third of his life mentoring and guiding all of his Frenship student-athletes.
"He could talk to anyone," Former Frenship Head Football Coach Bobby Davis said. "A total stranger or anybody. He was just really, really good with the football players."
The news broke this past Friday that Coach Don Black passed away at the age of 75 with what was believed to be a heart-related issue.
"It was unexpected," Davis said.
Former Frenship Head Football Coach Bobby Davis hired Coach Black back in 1971 when he was the head coach at Post.
He coached for the next 40 years with stops at Post, Corpus Christi Calallen, and at Frenship.
Coach Black became his right-hand man, creating a lifetime friendship.
Davis said a quote from the Rev. Billy Graham provides a good description of Coach Black:
Graham said a coach will impact more young people in a year, than a regular person will in a lifetime.
Coach Black's impact goes back decades and won't soon be forgotten.
His social media is full of fond memories from people who learned from and worked with him.
"The fondest memories that I have of Coach Black was coaching with him," Reynolds said. "You know every game, during pre-game. It was after the defense came together and did their defensive stuff, the defense would get around him and he would be teary-eyed. He would give them a speech to get them going, and the last thing he would say every time was – how much he loved them. You know, it was genuine. He really did love those kids, it wasn't just lip service. He really did and that is one thing that got the kids fired up, and boy they didn't want to let him down and they played for him."