Plano Football Coach Died From Heat-Related Issue

PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas heat claimed the life of a football coach on the first day of practice. Prestonwood Christian Academy assistant football coach Wade McLain died Monday after passing out during an early evening drill. On Tuesday, the Collin County Medical Examiner ruled that the 55-year-old died from heat exposure associated with heart disease.

A multi-sport coach and teacher for Prestonwood Christian Academy for a decade, people who knew McLain said that he centered his life around helping young people.

Prestonwood Baptist Church’s senior pastor, Jack Graham, said that McLain was very giving, and never met a stranger. “He never had a bad day. He was just that type of person, that was exuberant and passionate about life.”

The high temperature on Monday was well into the triple digits, but school officials said that they took all of the necessary heat-related precautions for their student athletes, including extensive water breaks and air-conditioned cool-down periods.

The church is counseling friends and family members. McLain had five children, one of whom was on the football team. A visitation for McLain will take place on Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Restland Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Prestonwood Baptist Church.


One Comment

  1. NiteNurse says:

    If you have ANY type of medical condition you really gotta take it easy in this heat. Also if you are overweight and do something in the extreme heat you are going to stress your already stressed out heart to the point of no return.

    1. C Bauer says:

      The heat advisory today is actually for healthy people as well. They were saying on the radio that even 100% healthy people need to take precautions and not go out unless necessary. You know it’s hot when you hear that!

  2. KiethStone says:

    Apparently he gave a lot to his kids. Rest in peace my friend, rest in peace.

  3. Football Mom says:

    football, even in Texas, is not more important than lives. Keep these kids and coaches out of the heat. Delay the start of football season. While I realize the coaches get hot, just imagine what the bodies of our CHILDREN are going through in this extreme heat. it’s just not worth it.

  4. Melissa says:

    When are we going to wake up to the dangers of this heat. This poor family now doesn’t have a father and husband. Please keep our kids safe! My son is out practicing in this heat right now and has been all week. All I can do is make sure he stays hydrated on the field and when he is at home.

    1. Dingbat says:

      All you can do? How about take him home? Are you going to wait until something catastrophic happens? Then what? Sue the school?

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