Former MCHS football coach Pat Dyer passes

Staff Report

Well known former MCHS football coach Pat Dyer passed away Saturday morning, September 17, 2016 at the Broadmore Senior Living Center in Murfreesboro.

Born Patrick Allison Dyer in Knoxville on March 25, 1953, he was the son of the late William Haskel and Elizabeth Parks Dyer.

On July 26, 1980, on the Holliman Family farm in the Billy Hollow at Kempville, he was married to the former Connie Holliman, a longtime Smith County High School educator. The ceremony was performed by Church of Christ minister Keith Clark.

Mr. Dyer was a 1970 graduate of Knox West High School and graduated in 1976 from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and certifications in biology and physical education.

Coach Dyer had a long and storied career in educating minds not only in sports and in the classroom, but he also changed the way many students looked at life.

His first position out of Tech was as coach at Macon County High School in the fall of 1976. He then took a position at Maryville College where he coached football and tennis from 1982 until 1985 before accepting a position at Bearden High School where, from 1985-1987, he was assistant football coach and taught Biology. In 1988 he returned to his wife’s native Smith County and was head football coach and taught physical education from 1988 thru 1995.

He then taught elementary Physical Education at White County for a year before returning to Macon County High School for the ‘97-‘98 school year. In the ‘98-‘99 school year he returned to White County High School where he taught high school Phys Ed.

At MCHS he was head coach from ’99 thru ’05 and for one year in ‘05 & ’06 he was at SCHS as an assistant football coach and taught Biology.

He concluded his career at MCHS from ’06 through ’09 as the Physical Education teacher. He was inducted into the MCHS “Sports Hall of Fame” in 2009.

There will be a gathering of family and friends beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon September 25th at the Macon County High School Gymnasium with a Celebration of Life beginning at 4 p.m. with Coach Dyer’s best friend Bob Fitzpatrick and his brother-in-law Guy Holliman, who will be the celebrants.

The Dyer family has requested memorials to the Easton Goad Foundation.

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