Prestonwood Honors Coach at First Game

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    NEWSLETTERS

    A Plano high school football team played its first game Friday after losing a longtime coach.

    Prestonwood Christian Academy opens its season against powerhouse Celina.

    The Lions' defensive coordinator, Wade McLain, collapsed and died after a practice in sweltering temperatures Aug. 1.

    The team has dedicated its season to McLain.

    Lions Remember Late Coach at First Game

    [DFW] Lions Remember Late Coach at First Game
    Prestonwood Christian Academy remembered its late defensive coordinator, Wade McLain, at its first game of the season.

    The school honored McLain's memory with a special prayer ceremony at the start of Friday's game. The team wore a helmet decal with McLain's initials on it.

    McLain was also featured prominently in Prestonwood's game program with a pictorial essay on the first page.

    "So it was just a great memorial, a great opportunity for this school as a community to come together and say goodbye one more time," family friend Chuck Georgas said.

    The entire McLain family attended Friday's ceremony, which began at 7 p.m. McLain's son is a defensive back on the Prestonwood team.

    NBC 5's Ellen Goldberg contributed to this report.