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 Posted December 27th, 2013 06:35 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
From https://www.facebook.com/mocofootball

One of the most iconic coaches in Maryland high school football history has passed. John Harvill coached at Gaithersburg HS for nearly 50 years; 43 as head coach. He led the Trojans to 312 wins. Since his retirement from coaching, he remained a presence at John H. Harvill Stadium; the Trojans' gridiron home appropriately named for the Hall of Famer. Coach Harvill was 88.




   
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The 1st game I ever attended in MoCo back in the mid 80's was a Gburg game. As a kid I wanted to play for Coach Harvill. RIP
   
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 Posted December 27th, 2013 07:27 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Truly amazing football coach, teacher and person. How many high school coaches benefited directly or indirectly from Coach Harvill's legacy. Rest in Peace, Coach.
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 Posted December 27th, 2013 07:30 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Godspeed Coach!
   
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 Posted December 28th, 2013 09:53 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Have known Coach Harvil for almost 45 years. A truly great coach and a better man. He will be missed.
   
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 Posted December 28th, 2013 01:10 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Does anyone know the funeral arrangements?
   
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 Posted December 28th, 2013 01:25 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
My brother played for him back in '63-'65 graduating in 1966
   
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 Posted December 28th, 2013 09:36 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
C0ach Harvill, the Grand-Daddy of MOCO coaches-- was a true mentor to many of the next 2 generations of successful coaches who have followed him. He took many GB teams to greatness.

One of my favorite teams that occurred back in the day was led by Calvin Fitz That team went 10-0 using speed, precision & this great RB. I believe several of those teams won the county chanpionship based just on their record in a 10 hame season. There were no ""states" as I recall. Just three yards & a cloud of dust!


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 Posted December 29th, 2013 09:07 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Loved that man. RIP Coach
   
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 Posted December 30th, 2013 02:02 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I remember back in the 70's some great games between Gathersburg and Fort Hill when FH was a 3A school. RIP......
   
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 Posted December 30th, 2013 12:15 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
WaPo article on Coach Harvill


John Harvill, longtime Gatihersburg High football coach dies at 88


love this quote from Milloy...

“Harvill was a visionary,” Milloy said. When Harvill and Milloy traveled to Atlanta for a coaching clinic in 1988, they were approached by then-Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz.

“Holtz gets up close and he goes, ‘Coach Harvill, how in the hell are you? It’s good to see you,’ ” Milloy said. “I saw this rock star, and he comes up to Harvill like he’s the rock star.”

   
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 Posted December 30th, 2013 03:01 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
RIP Coach and my sincere condolences to your family. I didn't know you but I know that 50 years of players will remember you for the rest of their lives.
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