Coach McLain taught and coached at my high school back in the 1980's and still worked in a private Christian school until his very last day when he was suddenly taken from his family and life.
A Plano school said a high school football coach died Monday evening after practice.
Prestonwood Christian Academy announced the death of Wade McLain on its website. The Texas heat claimed the life of a football coach on the first day of practice. Prestonwood Christian Academy assistant football coach Wade McLain died Monday after passing out during an early evening drill. On Tuesday, the Collin County Medical Examiner ruled that the 55-year-old died from heat exposure associated with heart disease.
Hundreds of people gathered at the school on Park Boulevard for a private prayer vigil at about 8:30 p.m. Monday.
Sources say McLain collapsed at 6 p.m., just after the team finished its second football practice of the day.
Monday was the first day Texas high school football teams were allowed to hold official practice.
"We are deeply saddened to let you know that this afternoon, assistant varsity football coach Wade McLain died unexpectedly following the team's regular practice," the school said in a statement on its website. "Please be in prayer for Coach McLain's wife, Becky, and their five children. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Coach McLain yet are thankful in knowing he is in the presence of Jesus."
McLain's colleagues said McLain also taught history and coached baseball at Prestonwood.
Friends described him as a strong Christian who influenced thousands of young lives over the years as a football coach.
Visitation for Coach McLain will begin on Wednesday August 3, 2011 from 6:00-8:00 pm. at Restland Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Prestonwood Baptist Church with Pastor Jack Graham officiating. Interment will follow at Restland Memorial Park.