Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Former AWC Coach Passes Away

Hal-MessersmithFormer Arizona Western College Assistant Football Coach Hal Messersmith has died.  A press release from AWC stated the former coach passed away last week. 

Both he and his wife, Kerry Messersmith were members of the Matador Athletic program from 1997 to 2000, helping lead the Matadors to the 1998 Empire State Bowl in Long Island, New York – the program’s first bowl appearance since 1981. 

Meanwhile, his wife, Kerry, took over the reins of the AWC Volleyball program in 1997, and took it from a four-win program the year prior to her arrival to a powerhouse team that averaged 38 wins per season from 1998 through 2000, reaching the Region One Finals all three years.  In 2000, the Lady Matadors not only won the Region One title, but headed to the NJCAA Tournament, finishing eighth in the nation. 

Messersmith leaves behind his wife Kerry and two daughters.

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