WCIA — Former St. Joseph-Ogden football coach Dick Duval got a little suspicious Tuesday night when several family members started showing up at his house unexpected. Something was up but Duval couldn’t figure it out.
Then a knock at the door.
It was SJO superintendent Brian Brooks and several other school board members. They were there with a piece of paper that had a picture of the Spartans football field scoreboard. At the bottom, a new sign: Dick Duval Field.
“I was totally shocked,” Duval said. “It was totally unexpected for me, I never ever thought anything, that’s not why I did coaching, that’s my why I coached.”
Duval coached the Spartans for 28 years, going 251-75 in that time. He won five state runner-up trophies and never had a losing record in nearly three decades as a head coach.
“For them (SJO school board) to think that this needed to happen and I just kept on stuttering, I go are you sure?” Duval said during a FaceTime call on Wednesday. “And they said, ‘Oh yeah, this has been talked about for a long time.’ I will tell you I’m very humbled by the whole thing.”