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Legendary Amphi football coach Vern Friedli passes away

Posted at 3:15 PM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 20:42:44-04

Legendary Amphi head football coach Vern Friedli has passed away at the age of 80.

Friedli coached the Panthers for 36 years, and 288 of his 331 career wins came at Amphi. He was the winninigst coach in Arizona high school football history until Marocs De Niza's Paul Moro broke his record last year.

Friedli coached several players who went on to the NFL, including Michael Bates, who played in the Pro Bowl and was an Olympic bronze medal sprinter.

Friedli retired after the 2011 season.