Game Changer: David Gentry
Updated: Wednesday, August 21 2013, 10:42 PM EDT
David Gentry is lucky. Lucky to coach high school football, and lucky to be alive.
Thirty years ago when David became the football coach at Murphy High School, he had to battle testicular cancer. Gentry recalls having to go every day for 30 days to get treatments because there wasn't anywhere in his area to get radiation treatment.
Thirty years later, Gentry is the gold standard for football coaches. With 333 victories and counting, he's had more wins than any coach in the history of Western North Carolina high school football.
Gentry says, "there's nothing like the feeling you get on Friday nights from 7:30 until 9:30. It's the most intense two hours of my life."
Gentry has won 12 conference championships, 8 regional titles and 5 state championships during his 31 years at Murphy. But it's not just the numbers that he's most proud of, it's the relationships he's built with his players and coaches. They've even named the varsity football field after him.
Gentry says he never dreamed that he'd be honored this way. His players are learning from a living legend. Junior linebacker for the team, Bradley Puccio, says he likes how his coach pushes them and always gets them ready for the next game.
Gentry's players have one singular goal for this season, and that's to go to state playoffs. The players say they're lucky to have David Gentry as their coach and he says that he's lucky to do it. They may be stuck with him for a while, because Gentry says he has no idea when he might retire.
By: Luke Notestine
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