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.

    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. (Published Friday, Sep 2, 2011)

    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.

    Ceremony Honors Fallen Coach

    [DFW] Ceremony Honors Fallen Coach
    Preston Christian Academy honored fallen coach Wade McLain at its first game of the season Friday. (Published Friday, Sep 2, 2011)

    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.

    Coach Wade McLain Laid to Rest

    [DFW] Coach Wade McLain Laid to Rest
    Friends and family said good bye to Coach Wade McLain Thursday. (Published Thursday, Aug 4, 2011)

    "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.

    Family Talks About Coach's Final Moments on Field

    [DFW] Family Talks About Coach's Final Moments on Field
    The children of a high school football coach who died after the season's first practice say he loved his family, football and his faith. (Published Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011)

    NBC 5's Ellen Goldberg contributed to this report.