A beloved longtime college football assistant coach was tragically killed in a car accident earlier this month, the Miami Herald reports.
Christ Vagotis, 75, reportedly died in a car accident on May 7 near his home in Reidsville, North Carolina.
The beloved coach had a lengthy career that included stops at Miami Killian High, the University of Miami and Oklahoma, among other places.
Vagotis played for Alabama under Bear Bryant and Howard Schnellenberger in the mid-1960s.
“Christ was a good upstanding man who loved his players and pushed them hard,” Schnellenberger told the Herald when he learned of his passing. “Everywhere I went, he went. He was a great coach and we won a lot of games together.”
Miami head coach Manny Diaz reacted to the tragic news on Twitter.
Canes Family lost one of our own yesterday… https://t.co/phqrJ1zI45
— Manny Diaz (@Coach_MannyDiaz) May 10, 2019
Vagotis passed away early on May 7 when a tractor-trailer collided with his car, which was parked in the right lane of I-95.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.