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John Harvill, longtime Gaithersburg High football coach, dies at 88


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#1 FrankRizzo

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 04:30 PM

John Harvill, the longtime football coach at Gaithersburg High, died Friday from complications of a bacterial infection. He was 88.
 
After taking over as Gaithersburg’s coach in 1956, the McKinley Tech graduate compiled a career record of 312-97 before retiring in 2000 as Maryland’s all-time winningest high school football coach. In that time, Harvill led the Trojans to state titles in 1986 and 1992 and four undefeated seasons.
 
As a visionary within the local football community, Harvill was instrumental in the creation of the Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association state playoffs in 1974. Gaithersburg honored Harvill by naming its football stadium after him in 1996.

 

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 11:24 AM

Tough crowd.  A 300-game winning high school coach with 2 state titles dies, and nary a comment?



#3 nomad974

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 08:13 PM

Im just assuming, but id imagine Coach Harvill isnt well known in the Bmore area.  He retired 5 or 6 yrs before the publics joined the MPSSAA and his heyday  was well before that. Baltimore kinda has thier own seperate high school football history, then the rest of the state.  If people in Bmore know of Coach Harvill they would have to be really "old school".

 

Anyways,  I remember Coach Harvill very well.  He was the 1st HS coach I looked up to. His battles with Bob Milloy & Roy Lester back in the 80's were legendary.  His contributions to football in this state are inuerable. Defiantaly on the Mt Rushmore of Maryland coaches.


Edited by nomad974, 03 January 2014 - 08:14 PM.





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