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Former Astronaut High football coach Randy Hallock dies

Florida Today logo Florida Today 12/8/2020 Brian McCallum, Florida Today

Randy Hallock, the face of Astronaut High football for almost two decades, died Monday.

Hallock, who was 57, led the War Eagles to a Class 3A state runner-up finish in 2000, a year after a trip to the state semifinals. In 19 years, his teams won 133 games and five district championships.

Under Hallock, Astronaut football qualified for the postseason 13 times, including every year from 1999 through 2007.

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The graduate of Astronaut and UCF announced his retirement from coaching Astronaut football at the end of the 2016 season.

"He very much set the standard here," current War Eagles head coach Justin Worden said. "You look at the Xs and Os and wins and losses and his contributions within the school and his relationship with the community, and that's what you strive to be as a head football coach."

Former Titusville High coach and Titusville mayor Dan Diesel remembered Hallock from long before they met on the high school field, watching their children play youth football.

"We had a great relationship, so much more than football," Diesel said. "He called me on my birthday in March. He said, 'Happy birthday, and I want to thank you for the friendship through the years.' To me, he's always been a great coaching friend and a great friend overall."

Randy Hallock year-by-year

1998: 5-5

1999: 10-2, district champion, 3A semifinalist

2000: 12-3, district champion, 3A state runner-up

2001: 8-3, district runner-up

2002: 7-4, district runner-up

2003: 8-4, district champion

2004: 7-4, district runner-up

2005: 7-4, district runner-up

2006: 8-3, district champion

2007: 9-3, district champion

2008: 6-4

2009: 9-3, district runner-up

2010: 7-4, district runner-up

2011: 8-3, district runner-up

2012: 6-4

2013: 5-5

2014: 2-8

2015: 6-5, district runner-up

2016: 3-7

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