There were two things that mattered most to Maryland high school coaching legend Al Thomas: family and football. In his later years, as his health declined, his time spent out of the house was at his grandsons’ sports games or area football practices.
“He was always a football coach,” said his son, Marc Thomas. “He really didn’t have much else in his life aside from being a football coach and a father.”
Al Thomas won a record eight state championships in his more than four decades on the sideline. He posted an all-time record of 242-47, 10th best in state history. He was inducted into the Maryland football hall of fame more than 20 years before he coached his final game.
He died Friday evening in hospice care in his sleep, his son said. The cause was cancer. He was 76.