MEMPHIS, Tenn- The loss of a legend in Memphis as longtime High School football coach Ken Netherland passed away Saturday July, 12, 2014 at the age of 75 after being hospitalized since late May after heart surgery.

Coach Netherland began at Westwood High School teaching Art and Health class in 1964 and as a baseball coach in 1965.

Starting his football coaching career at Hillcrest, Coach Netherland really made a name for himself at Germantown High School, spending 29 years with the Red Devils. He then moved on to St. George's before helping build the Lausanne program, from scratch.

Coach Netherland, the all-time winning coach in Tennessee high school history with 368 wins, with two state titles over his storied career.

Lausanne Athletic Director Troy Baker says, "Although he was a great football coach, his greatest strength was his genuine concern for students and his ability to inspire them to be better people. We owe a lot to Coach Netherland as a football program, as a school and as the city of Memphis for his impact on the thousands of boys that he coached and their families. His impact will never be forgotten."

After close to 50 years of being called "coach" at four different Memphis area schools, Coach Netherland finished his storied career with 368 wins making him the winningest coach in the history of prep football in the state of Tennessee. He began coaching at Hillcrest, then moved on to Germantown High School and St. George's, finishing his legendary career last year at Lausanne. Coach Netherland was hired by Lausanne in 2011 to help lead the development of the football program and led the team onto the field for its first Varsity season in 2013.

Coach Netherland graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education from the University of Mississippi and an M.Ed. from the University of Memphis. His accolades include Commercial Appeal Best of Preps Coach of the Year 3 times; TACA (Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association) Coach of the Year; National High School Coach of the Year; District 7-5A Coach of the Year 1994-1999; Shelby County Coach of the Year in 2003; the first ever Head Coach for the Kentucky-Tennessee High School All-Star Game and Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game; the first recipient of the Shelby County Lifetime Achievement Award for Athletics. He was also named to the National High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2000 and received the Rex Dockery Memorial Award in 1987.

Coach Netherland is survived by his wife, Sharon J. Netherland; daughter, Kelly Rhoads (Shawn) of Bullard, TX; son Ken Netherland, Jr. of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren, Lorian and Atticus Rhoads and his niece, Dale Netherland Hall of Columbus, MS. He was preceded in death by his brother, Joel Bernard Netherland.

Visitation were from 11 A.M.to 1 P.M., Thursday, July 17, 2014 with services following at 1 P.M. at Germantown Baptist Church. Interment was in Forest Hill South Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be sent to any athletic organization of the donor's choice.

"Westwood 1964 - 65" "Westwood 1965 - 66"

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Coach Netherland
Coach Baker

Back Row: Dot Brown, Dudley Akin, Herb Morris, Coach Ken Netherland, Ernie Chism, James Luna. Front Row: Linda Toombs, Agnes Johnson Owen, JoAnn Roberson, Jo Bridges, Joe Summers, Francis Summers.