MOORE — For three years Scott Myers did like he instructed his players to do. After being diagnosed with cancer, the former Moore High football coach fought the good fight even though odds were stacked against him.
But in the end, it wasn’t enough. Myers, 45, died Wednesday morning in Chandler. He leaves behind his wife, Shelly, two children and many shocked players.
“It’s never good to get news like that,” Joe Haddox said. “Especially when you see somebody fight for so long. And defeat that disease for so long. I heard that he wasn’t doing well. But I don’t think anybody thought it was that close to that point. It definitely sucks.”
Haddox graduated from Moore this past spring and played football under Myers his entire high school career. Even though the Lions had an unimpressive record during Myers’ five-year tenure, the players respect all that he did for them.
“I had an awesome time with him as my coach,” said Haddox, who now plays baseball at Wichita State. “There was never a time on the field he wasn’t trying to make somebody better, trying to make his coaching staff better, trying to make himself better. It was one of his better qualities. He knew people’s potential and he wanted to see everybody reach that potential. It was great having a guy like him throughout high school.”
Corey Reeves was another player who played for Myers for four years at Moore. He said that he and a few other players had planned to travel to Chandler to see their former coach.
“I knew he wasn’t doing well,” said Reeves, who now plays for Central Oklahoma. “A bunch of us players had been planning on going to see him later this week. I wanted to see that man again. Tell him how much I appreciated him. I woke up this morning and it hit me pretty hard.”