Dallas Grider was an American football player and coach whose winning traditions dominated the sport for many years. Before his death on May 10, 2022, he had earned the title of legend. He was 56 at the time.
Grider was born in Eufala, Oklahoma, on December 5, 1955. He would have turned 57 in December, but he died at the age of 56. Among his nine siblings, he was the oldest. However, we do not know his parents’ names because we assume they have passed away, and their names were never spoken by Dallas Grider, making it difficult to mention anything about them.
Dallas played for Bakersfield College and UCLA before becoming a coach. During his playing career, he also became a team co-captain. He originally coached UCLA’s Freshman squad before starting his coaching career as an assistant coach at West High School in 1969, a position he held for eight years. In 1977, he was promoted to head coach, and the public saw his 77-7-2 record, which includes three valley titles and a second-place finish. He left West High School to join Bakersfield College, where he became Head Coach in 1995, eleven years after joining the squad.
He was the head coach for nine years, compiling a 6-22 record, seven consecutive Potato Bowl appearances, and a berth in the 2000 California junior college state championship football game, which earned him a spot in the 2008 Bob Elias Kern Country Sports Hall of Fame, along with his other achievements.
He attended schools in both Oklahoma and California during his school years, but he graduated from Arvin High School in 1963, where he met his future wife Mary Hitt, and they married in 1964. They were thus blessed with two children. Amber and Chad, who are currently West High School teachers, are their names.
He quietly resigned from the game in 2004 and lived a calm life with his wife and family until his death on May 10, 2022, at the age of 56. His funeral will be held at 2 p.m. On May 12, 2022, at Section Funeral Home.