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First Stroman football coach dies at age 66

May 21, 2003
Victoria Advocate

Larry Cummings, former Victoria High assistant coach who later became the first head football coach at Stroman, died Saturday from complications of a heart attack in a San Juan Capistrano, Calif., hospital.

Cummings, 66, compiled a 21-36-2 record at Stroman during the 1967-72 seasons. Before accepting the Stroman position, Cummings was an assistant at Victoria High for four years.

Cummings resigned at the end of the 1972 season and went into private business. He returned to coaching for a brief stint at Tyler Chapel Hill Junior High School.

Cummings had lived in Kilgore for 15 years before moving to San Juan Capistrano three months ago. He had battled cancer and multiple sclerosis in recent years and was hospitalized Friday in California to undergo tests when he suffered a heart attack.

"He loved Victoria and still had tons of friends down there," said Cummings' youngest son, Lance.

Funeral services are set for Friday at 11 a.m. at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Longview. Cummings is survived by two sons, L.M. and Lance, daughter Kelly Milberger, and six grandchildren.

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