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Ken Netherland, state winningest football coach passes away at age 74

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Ken Netherland, the state's winningest high football coach has passed away at the age of 74.

Netherland spent over 50 years coaching at the high school level with four different Memphis area schools (Hillcrest, Germantown, St. George's and Lausanne.

Netherland had a career record of 368-131-3 and won three state titles one in 1983 at Germantown in Class AAA and two (2007 and 2011) at St. George's.

"Although he was a great football coach, his greatest strength was his genuine concern for students and his ability to inspire them to be better people," Lausanne Athletic Director Troy Baker said.

"We owe a lot to Coach Netherland as a football program, as a school and as the city of Memphis for his impact on the thousands of boys that he coached and their families and his impact will never be forgotten.”

Netherland started his head coaching career at Hillcrest in 1966 and led the Vikings to the Class AAA title game in 1973.

His biggest success came while at Germantown where he patrolled the sidelines for 29 years as he won 250 games and led the Red Devils to a Class AAA 1983 state title and five overall title games (1980, 1986, 1990 and 1994).

Netherland also started two programs from the ground up as he left Germantown in 2002 for St. George's and took the Gryphon to four Division II-A title games (2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011) raising the gold trophy in 2007 and 2011.

After leaving St. George's in 2010, Netherland was hired to start the football program in 2011.

The Lynx played their first varsity season schedule last year and went 6-3.

Netherland resigned from Lausanne in January and Kevin Locastro was elevated to head coach.

It has been a tough year for Tennessee high school football fans as three legendary coaches have passed away.

Longtime David Lipscomb coach Glenn McCadams passed away last March, Milan legend John Tucker passed away in February.

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