SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) — A beloved former football coach in Colbert County died in a single-vehicle crash in Sheffield on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.
Authorities confirmed with several media outlets that Colbert County High School’s former Coach Don Creasy died in the crash, which happened around 1:11 p.m. on Cox Boulevard.
He was 79.
Creasy, an Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) high school Hall of Fame coach, led Colbert County to two state championships in 1979 and 1985. He also was head coach at Central, Coffee and Mountain Brook, with a career record of 186-76-2.
While coaching at Colbert County, his alma mater, 11 of Creasy’s 12 teams made the playoffs with a 101-16-0 record, the previously mentioned state championships and two runner-up finishes.
He also coached in two state all-star games and one Alabama-Mississippi all-star game, along with being named as the Alabama High School Coach of the Year in 1972 and 1985.
Tuscumbia Mayor Kerry Underwood, who played under Coach Creasy in 1983 and 1984, told News 19 that Creasy was one of the most respectable men he’s ever met.
“He was the unstoppable force, the impossible-to-move object,” Underwood said, “he was bigger than life, and the strongest one in the room.”
Scotty Hannah, Colbert County High School’s current head football coach, said Coach Creasy expected perfection in every aspect, both on and off the field.
“He was a man that led by example,” Hannah said. “He had integrity. He did things the right way all the time. And he wanted his coaches and players to do that as well.”
Lee Craft, Colbert County High School’s current Athletic Director, has said the school is planning to honor Creasy at this week’s football game against Colbert Heights at C.T. Manley Stadium.
Funeral arrangements for Creasy have not yet been announced.