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Former Maryland football coach Roy Lester dies of coronavirus complications

Former Maryland football coach Roy Lester dies of coronavirus complications

Roy Lester, who coached at the University of Maryland from 1969 to 1971, died at the age of 96 on Sunday due to complications from the coronavirus, his family announced. 

Lester's two-year stint leading the Terrapins wasn't as fruitful as his run as a high school coach at Richard Montgomery High School in Montgomery County, Maryland.

During the 1960s, Lester helped lead Richard Montgomery to six undefeated seasons and an 86-10-1 record, according to The Washington Post. 

Following his dominant run, Lester took the job at Maryland, where he was first an assistant coach from 1954 to 1956. But his stay as the head coach was short-lived as a woeful 7-25 record led to his departure.

Still, Lester had successes during his tenure with the Terps. His most notable achievement was recruiting future NFL Hall of Famer Randy White to play for the Terps. White went on to star for the Dallas Cowboys after the team selected him with the No. 2 pick in the 1975 draft.

After Maryland relieved Lester of his duties, he returned to the high school ranks. Lester finished his career with stops at Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Maryland, and Magruder High School in Rockville, Maryland. He led Paint Branch to a Class B state championship in 1975 and Magruder to state championships in 1984 and 1986. 

Lester was inducted into the Maryland Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1996. Richard Mongomery named its field "Roy Lester Stadium" in 2002. And West Virginia University, Lester's alma mater, inducted him into its sports hall of fame in 2008.

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