Legendary New Orleans high school football coach Wayne Reese, Sr. passes away from coronavirus

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McDonogh 35 head coach Wayne Reese, Sr. died Thursday from the coronavirus. Reese was 74.

This season would have been Reese’s 50th year of coaching high school football and his 18th as the head coach at McDonogh 35, which has made the playoffs every year during his time as the school’s head coach. This past season, Reese led the Roneagles to the Class 3A state semifinals.

Reese achieved his 250th career victory last season when McDonogh 35 beat Douglass 43-8 in District 10-3A playoffs.

Reese has also served as the head Booker T. Washington Senior High School, George Washington Carver Senior High School and Washington Marion Senior High School. 

Reese coached Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk when he was at George Washington Carver High School.

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