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Memorial service date set for legendary Arkansas State football coach Larry Lacewell

Larry Lacewell is the winningest coach in the history of Arkansas State football.
Larry Lacewell is the winningest coach in the history of Arkansas State football.(Source: KAIT)
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 9:26 AM CDT|Updated: May. 26, 2022 at 12:47 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - An Arkansas State icon has died.

Larry Lacewell passed away on May 18th, he’s the winningest football coach in A-State history. Lacewell roamed the sidelines at A-State from 1978-1989. He led the Indians to 69 wins, 2 Southland Conference titles, and made 4 straight appearances in the 1-AA Playoffs. The 1986 Arkansas State squad reached the 1-AA National Championship Game. Lacewell coached five first-team All-Americans and twenty-four All-SLC selections.

Lacewell also served as Arkansas State athletic director from 1979-1989. He engineered the Indians move from I-AA to I-A (now known as FBS).

Lacewell was enshrined into the Arkansas State Hall of Honor in 1987. He’s also on the A-State Ring of Honor. The most valuable player for Red Wolves football every season takes home the Larry Lacewell Award.

The road leading up to Bear Bryant Stadium is known as Larry Lacewell Lane. He was defensive coordinator under Barry Switzer as Oklahoma won 2 national championships. Lacewell was defensive coordinator at Tennessee as they won the 1990 SEC title. He also has 3 Super Bowl rings. Lacewell served as a scout for the 1990s Dallas Cowboys dynasty. He was an All-AIC running back at Arkansas-Monticello and is in their Hall of Fame.

Larry Lacewell certainly had an extraordinary football life. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 17th at 6:00pm at First National Bank Arena.

The school announced all parking lots will be open and those attending will enter through the red and yellow entrance. Seating will be available both on the floor and in the stands.

The program will also be streamed on Arkansas State Athletics’ Facebook page (@AStateRedWolves).

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