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Legendary Gaithersburg Football Coach Dies

John Harvill led the Trojans from 1956 until his retirement in 2000, The Washington Post reports.

Gaithersburg High School Football Coach John Harvill, 88, died Friday from complications of a bacterial infection, The Washington Post reports. (Patch stock graphic)
Gaithersburg High School Football Coach John Harvill, 88, died Friday from complications of a bacterial infection, The Washington Post reports. (Patch stock graphic)

Revered Gaithersburg High School Football Coach John Harvill, 88, died Friday from complications of a bacterial infection, The Washington Post reports. 

Harvill coached at Gaithersburg from 1956 up until his retirement in 2000, finishing with a record of 312-97, two state titles, four undefeated seasons and left as Maryland’s all-time winningest high school football coach, The Post reports. 

Kreg Kephart, who is Gaithersburg’s current coach and is one of Harvill’s former athletes, told the newspaper that Harvill was “a true pillar in the community.”

Harvill is survived by his wife, Betty, two daughters and several grandchildren, The Post reports.

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Sharon December 31, 2013 at 11:27 AM
JOHN H. HARVILL (Age 88) Of Gaithersburg, MD, died Friday, December 27, 2013, at Casey House in Rockville, MD. Beloved husband of Elizabeth O'Toole Harvill for 68 years; truly adored father of daughters Carol (Frank Loughney) and Mollie (Gene Haines); revered grandfather of Kelly, Corey, Kerry and Maura; and cherished great grandfather of Sydney, Jake, Corrie, Connor, Abby and Axel. Services will be private. A celebration of his wonderful life will be held in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in his memory to the GHS Education Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 2384, Gaithersburg, MD 20886-2384 or Montgomery Hospice Casey House, 6001 Muncaster Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20855. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=john-h-harvill&pid=168833456
Ron Cooper January 01, 2014 at 08:06 PM
Coach Harvill was one of five men who were instrumental in forming the values and work ethic in my life. I am one of the knuckleheads of the 1961-1965 football era. I suspect the greatest tribute we can give him is to live out his legacy and pass it forward to others. Few men are made of the grit and character of Coach Harvill. I will pray for his wife, Betty, who "raised" me in the Methodist Youth Fellowship program, Carol and Molly. Thank you for allowing me to serve with this great man.

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