59-Year-Old Assistant Football Coach and Weightlifting Expert Passes Away From Fatal Heart Issues

Published 02/24/2024, 8:23 AM EST

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Mosley High School and the football community are in mourning following the sudden loss of Clint McCrory. The 59-year-old alumnus and dedicated coach sadly passed away while attending a coaching clinic in Atlanta.

Everyone remembered him as a respected figure who had a profound impact on Mosley High School, especially the football program. McCrory’s contributions to Mosley High run deep, from his time as a standout player to his years as a coach. His impact and the difference he brought to the institution cannot be quantified in numbers.

A highly decorated career starting from 1981 as state runners-up


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After graduating in 1982, McCrory further pursued his passion for football at Troy University. But not his team’s best season when he was a player. As a part of the 1981 Mosley football team, he played a crucial role in their exceptional season, which culminated in becoming state runners-up.

Later, he became part of the DII National Championship teams in 1984 and 1986. His playing career led him to a successful coaching career, including three years as an assistant coach at Troy University, where he inspired young athletes with his knowledge and dedication.


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McCrory’s commitment to coaching left an indelible mark on Mosley High School, where he helped shape the lives of countless players both on and off the field. The community he served for so many years will deeply feel the tragedy of his loss.

McCrory’s coaching excellence was evident during his time as the offensive line coach at Niceville High School for 16 seasons. He then reunited with Tommy Joe Whiddon, Mosley’s current head football coach, at Rutherford High School, where they led the Rams to two state finals appearances, demonstrating McCrory’s ability to motivate and guide young athletes.

A football coach and so much more


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His love for Mosley High made him return. The passionate football coach was eager to bring his experience and knowledge to uplift the school’s program. Beyond his dedication to football, McCrory, a cherished father, husband, and mentor, left an endearing legacy in his community.

Head football coach Whiddon shared a heartfelt message for him, saying, “I’m heartbroken for his son Will and wife Lynn. Clint was first and foremost a family man, who loved his family, players, and coaches. He has an infectious personality and a unique ability to relate to everybody regardless of age, race, or any other factor. It’s a special trait he had that were people were naturally drawn to him.”


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He also experienced the remarkable opportunity to coach alongside his son, William, at Mosley High School. On the field, they created countless memories, forging a bond through their mutual love for football and the significant influence it had on their lives.

In his last moments, Clint McCrory was engaged in his passion: sharing his expertise in football and nurturing the abilities of young athletes. Beyond his triumphs as a coach, his lasting impact lies in the profound influence he had on countless lives. McCrory’s legacy transcends his coaching achievements, leaving an enduring impact on those fortunate enough to cross paths with him.


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Allen James


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