Former coach to be honored at West Montgomery football opener

The West Montgomery High School Athletic Department will honor the memory of long-time coach James Garmon as it kicks off the 2013 football season. West athletic director and head football coach Nick Eddins says a time of remembrance is planned before the game this Friday night.

130820_West_Montgomery_Logo_250“We’re planning on doing a dedication for Coach Garmon,” said Eddins. “The field has been named after him. The school board did that. We’re going to invite some of his family members in and do a little celebration right before the game starts to honor him.”

James Garmon, who died January 10, was a beloved figure at West Montgomery. He is remembered as a teacher of history and drivers education, and as the coach of the highly-successful Warriors varsity football team of the late 1960s, 70s and 80s.

In 22 seasons at West, Garmon compiled a winning average of nearly 78% overall, and more than 86% in conference play. Under Garmon’s leadership, the team won 12 conference championships and was a state finalist in 1975.

Coach Nick Eddins says a sign is already in place to identify the newly-renamed West Montgomery football field.

“It’s been put on the the front of the press box: ‘James Garmon Field’. It’s really, really nice, for a great, great coach – not only here, but in the state of North Carolina.”

The game versus Marvin Ridge starts at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 23 at West Montgomery, on N.C. Hwy. 109 near Wadeville. There is also a James Garmon Scholarship Fund at the school.

Editor’s Note: Nick Eddins’ remarks were part of an interview with Jackie Morris for “The Fifth Quarter” coach’s show, which can be heard on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the season as part of our 1 and 5 p.m. news blocks on WMTG. Listen at 88.1 FM in Mount Gilead, online at http://www.wmtg.org, and with the TuneIn app for iPhone, Android and other mobile devices.

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