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Former players, others remember Ken Dalton of Reno's McQueen High School


12:00 AM, Jan. 04, 2013 EST

Former players were among those providing memories and testimonials about former McQueen coach Ken Dalton on Thursday. Here are some excerpts:

"When my first daughter, Emma, was born, he and my mom flew up (to Washington) and were actually in the delivery room. It was a challenging labor and delivery and I will never forget him telling me to 'suck it up; it's the fourth quarter.' I think he wanted to do my breathing for me."

Jen Sees, Dalton's oldest daughter

"He shaped my career path. He showed me how to be a good father, husband and family man. And I know I'm not alone in that area."

McQueen athletic director Eric Borja, a former player and assistant coach under Dalton

"I played for coach Dalton in the Sertoma game back in 1991. I broke my leg late in the game and had to have surgery that night. He sought me out and made a home visit to check on me after I was discharged from the hospital. I didn't know him for a long time, but he was still genuinely concerned and very generous with his time. It may have been a small act of kindness, but one that was very significant to me."

Stephen Mayville, via Facebook

"Very Sad to hear of the Passing of Coach Ken Dalton. One of the best coaches I have ever been around. He touched many young lives! Good man!"

Wolf Pack associate head coach Ken Wilson, via Twitter: @CoachKWils

"I was a McQueen student in the class of 2012. Ken Dalton was my PE instructor my freshman year in McQueen. He was my absolute favorite PE instructor. The most memorable moments from him were when he never had the guys in the class run the mile, even though the girls had to. He was usually a very humble person with so much passion and he gave all of us encouragement in everything we were doing. He was a very nice, passionate and respectful person."

Jason Villanueva, McQueen class of 2012, via email

"Coach Dalton I will never forget you! I will love and miss you forever!! Today is for you! Everything will be left on the field! RMA #coachD So many emotions right now ... Trying to stay focused and go out there tonight and get that win!! #RIPkendalton I'm where I am now cuz of you!"

Former McQueen player and current Oregon lineman Karrington Armstrong, via Twitter: @KarringtonA

"RIP to the best high school coach in Nevada history! Glad I got to play for him! even a better man! Love you Coach D!! RMA to the fullest!"

Former McQueen player and current BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy, via Twitter: @KVN_03

 

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