HARVEST, Ala. - Trevor Landers has been a fixture on the sidelines of Madison County High School football games years. Despite having a disability, he is very active with the team, that's how he earned the nickname "Coach Trevor."
He captured everyone's hearts and last year the team and coaches did something special. Coach Trevor was called from the sidelines to drive one home.
Coach Trevor's story is about the heart of the game, about what it really means.
It's about character and those special moments that can and do happen, when everyone is on your side.
Coach Trevor's tale doesn't end there, he was crowned the first ever Homecoming King at Madison County this year.
Trevor's story is about the heart of the game, about what it really means. It's about character and those special moments that can and do happen, when everyone is on your side. And Wednesday night was another very special night for that young man. Coach Trevor walked across across the stage with just over 120 other Madison County High School seniors and received his high school diploma. This is not just an accomplishment for Coach Trevor, but for every one of his teachers and classmates.
There are few times in a high schooler's life more exciting than graduation and the events leading up to it. Madison County High School held their senior day recently with water slides, a fried chicken lunch, and of course the class photo.
But nothing surpasses the walk. The moment when family and friends all gather to witness and celebrate the culmination of 12 years of effort. For Trevor Landers' family, there was a time when they didn't know if this day would ever arrive.
“Oh yeah. Many years ago, about 18 years ago when he was born, had to have heart surgery when he was 3 days old and was flown from Huntsville Hospital to UAH,” says Cathy Landers, Trevor’s mother.
Trevor survived those critical early years, but it was obvious there would be other challenges on the road ahead. It wasn't until he started going to football practice with his older brother that Trevor and his family realized where his heart was. On the field.
Trevor would become a fixture on the sidelines of Madison County football games. He helped where and when he could, and eventually became known as Coach Trevor.
“It's amazing the lives he has touched, every kid on that team had a special relationship with him,” says former MCHS Head Football Coach Scott Peavey.
But it didn't stop there. His parents say there wasn't a single student in the school that didn't have his back, try to be a friend or help him in some small way. Cathy says they are their “school family.”
“It is. It's a close knit community. It's large but yet it's small when you talk about the character of the community, the love that we have for each other,” Mrs. Landers explains.
And so Wednesday night, Coach Trevor claimed his spot among the alumni of Madison County High School. When you consider the road he has traveled, it's quite the accomplishment. But his family will be quick to tell you, there was someone next to him or right behind him every step of the way, and many of them graduated tonight, also. Not simply with a high school diploma, but with an advanced degree in character and respect for one another.
We offer our congratulations to Coach Trevor Landers, his family and many friends, and to all of the seniors of Madison County High School.