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|Former Ferriday coach passes away|
Lawrence F. Matulich, head football coach for the Ferriday Bulldogs during the late 1950s and early '60s, passed away last week at the age of 89, said his son, Bruce Matulich.
Matulich left Ferriday in 1964 and ended up coaching and being the school principal at Pearl River High School for many years.
Bruce Matulich said his father died of natural causes.
The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m., at the Honaker Funeral Home in Slidell.
"Dad was just at one of the reunions a couple of years ago and all his old players and students were so happy to see him," Bruce Matulich said. "You could see how special he was to them. They had some really good teams in the early 60's and played in the state championship game. Dad also coached the Louisiana High School All-Star team one year while at Ferriday. A lot of his players went on to play for LSU and other colleges and he was very close to many of them, as well as all his students that he taught math."
Bruce said winning was always important to his father, but what came first with him was helping all his players and students become the best that they could be in life.
"I know personally that many of his players over the years really looked up to him and even some saw him as the father they never had," Matt said. "He had that effect on just about everyone he touched in his 40-plus years in the field of education. Ferriday always had a special place in dad's heart and I know the people of Ferriday will remember him with a smile."
Bruce had a plaque made for his dad that best describes him.
"The real legacy of a coach is not the games he won, but rather the men he made."
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