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Lipscomb Academy Football Coach Passes Away At 66

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Glenn McCadams (Courtesy: Lipscomb Academy) Glenn McCadams (Courtesy: Lipscomb Academy)

by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Lipscomb Academy community celebrated the life of Coach Glenn McCadams who died Thursday after a short battle with cancer.

"He was a highly successful coach," Athletic Director Dr. Mike Roller said. "He's a Hall of Fame coach. He's won multiple State Championships."

Since 1982, Coach Mac, as everyone called him, led the Mustangs to 319 wins.

"He's won a lot of football games on this grass that he sowed himself, fertilized and poisoned, and kept the field up," said Roller.

However, that was far from the only thing Coach Mac cultivated.

"You just wanted to be like him when you grew up. He's a second father to all of us," said Clay Lehning who is a former football player part of the 2002 championship team.

The football field was where many said young boys turned into men.

"So many things at the time you know you're thinking this is all football related and you just soak it in," Lehning said. "And then you know three, four, five now ten years later you realize how much more he was teaching than just football."

"Michael, my son texted me this morning and asked me to please come by and touch the Mustang," parent Beth Saggio said.

Touching the statue of the mascot has been a football tradition. This time it was done to honor Coach Mac.

"(It) definitely felt like a family member had just suddenly been taken," Saggio said.

"Shock, sad," Lehning said about the news. "I mean, sad doesn't even do it, devastated."

"My life is better because I knew Glenn McCadams," Roller said.

Coach Mac's life was not measured by the number of wins and losses on the field, but by how those plays are executed in real life.

"It's a part of me now. It's natural. But that's what he did for everybody," Lehning said.

Many said knowing that Coach Mac was a man of faith was giving them comfort through this difficult time.

Grief counselors will be at the school on Monday when students return from Spring Break.

He's survived by his wife of 43 years, Alacia, and their two children, Chip (currently serving in Afghanistan) and Jill; along with seven grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.

A memorial page for Coach Mac was set up by the school for students, alumni and friends to leave condolences.  

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