Fans Mourn Legendary Coach Larry Lacewell’s Death at 85
Legendary Arkansas State football coach Larry Lacewell’s death news was announced on May 18, 2022. He left the world at the age of 85 and no cause of death was reported.
“He was truly an icon for our university and promoted our school throughout his career,” the former Arkansas State football player added.
Larry Lacewell was born on February 12, 1937, in Fordyce, Arkansas. He attended Fordyce High School, where he played halfback. Larry accepted a football scholarship from Arkansas A&M College.
The player was named second-team All-AIC at running back as a junior. Lacewell was inducted into the University of Arkansas at Monticello Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
Lacewell began his professional coaching career as an assistant for Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama. Larry then moved on to coach at Arkansas State, Arkansas A&M, Kilgore Junior College, Oklahoma, Wichita State, and Iowa State.
In 1973, he became an assistant head coach under Barry Switzer, and the teams won 6 Big Eight titles and 2 national championships in the ensuing years.
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Larry Lacewell’s Death at 85 Confirmed
Larry Lacewell’s death at the age of 85 was confirmed by former Arkansas State football player Tommy Walker and other reliable sources. May he rest in peace.
Lacewell captured two Southland Conference titles and was named the conference’s Coach of the Year on three occasions. Larry also led the program to 4 consecutive appearances in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I-AA playoffs.
The coach left as the winningest coach in school history. In 1990, Lacewell became the defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Volunteers under college coach Johnny Majors.
Lacewell contributed to the program by winning the SEC Championship. He also defeated the University of Virginia in the Sugar Bowl. The team finished second in the SEC in 1991 and received a Fiesta Bowl invitation.
In 1996, Larry was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.
Chris Hudgison tweeted: “An Arkansas State icon has died. Larry Lacewell passed away, he had an extraordinary football life. Here’s just some accomplishments – the winningest coach in A-State football history – Key to A-State move to I-A – Super Bowl champion with Dallas Cowboys.”
“Sad news as legendary #AState football coach Larry Lacewell has apparently died,” @ArkansasOnline college sports reporter Mitchell Gladstone wrote on Twitter.
Larry Lacewell’s Personal Life
On May 21, 1992, Larry joined the Dallas Cowboys as the Director of College Scouting, replacing Director of Player Personnel Dick Mansperger. hE was named the Director of College and Pro Scouting In the Spring of 1994.
After head coach Jimmy Johnson left the franchise in 1994, the subsequent drafts made by the Dallas Cowboys came under serious scrutiny in the media and with the fans, as they were not able to refill the talent base and holdovers of the Super Bowl teams of the early 1990s.
Two seasons after the arrival of head coach Bill Parcells, Lacewell retired and moved into a talent consultant role in January 2005, while being replaced by American football executive Jeff Ireland, who was promoted to Vice President of Pro and College Scouting.
Larry resided in Jonesboro, Arkansas, with his wife, Criss.
The news came out just days after Andrew Woolfolk’s cause of death was released. He passed away, announced officially on April 26, 2022, at the age of 71, due to a long-term illness.
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