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Former Lebanon High School Coach Killed In Crash

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by Chris Conte

LEBANON, Tenn. - Teachers, students and staff at Lebanon High School are remembering a long-time coach and teacher killed in car crash Saturday afternoon.

Authorities said 58-year-old Randy Vanatta was broad sided by another car at the intersections of Woodside and Winwood Drive in Lebanon.

Officials said the driver is a current Lebanon High School student.

"He was just, he was just a role model," explained Lebanon High School Principal Myra Jane Sloan.

Randy Vanatta was better known around the school as 'coach,' he spent decades leading the girl's basketball team to the state finals as well as both the girl's and boy's golf teams.

"He was a legend here. We have a saying around this school, 'Once a Blue Devil always a Blue Devil,' and that was Randy," Myra explained.

Coach Vanatta was also a former student at Lebanon High. He graduated from the school in 1972 and later returned to teach physical education.

"He was one of those guys that would just do anything for you," current athletic director Darrin Brown said.

Lebanon Police said Vanatta pulled out into on coming traffic, but might not have seen the car that hit him because of other vehicles parked on the side of Winwood Drive for a party.

The crash is under investigation, but reconstruction teams think the driver of the other car may have been speeding.

Funeral services are planned for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4 in the auditorium of Lebanon High School which is located on South Hartmann Drive.

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