Coaching legend Otis Washington dies at 80
NEW ORLEANS - Reports say iconic football coach Otis Washington died Friday morning. He was 80.
The Advocate said Washington coached at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, LSU, and Southern University.
He led St. Augustine to three state championships in 1977, 1978, and 1979. Washington later went to coach at LSU as an offensive line coach. He was the first African American coach at the university. After LSU, he went to Southern University.
St. Augustine President and CEO Dr. Kenneth St. Charles released a statement after Washington's death was announced.
"On behalf of the entire St. Augustine High School community, we offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Otis Washington, whose legend and legacy have touched generations of Purple Knights.
He was a passionate, innovative leader who helped establish the standard for St. Augustine athletics. Coach Wash shaped St. Augustine football into a program that reflects his dedication to discipline, teamwork, scholarship, and excellence both on and off the field. We celebrate his lifetime of accomplishment and his unwavering commitment to St. Augustine."
Southern also released a statement sending their condolences and stating that Coach Otis made his mark not only on the gridiron with their Jaguars but throughout the community.
“The Southern University Athletics and Football family lost a great leader and pillar in the Louisiana football community,” said Roman Banks, athletics director. “We extend our most heartfelt condolences to his wife, Linda, and the many family and friends of Coach Washington, and we encourage our Jaguar Nation family to keep them in their thoughts and prayers.”
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