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Gentry tributes

“He was the Ralph Tasker of high school football in New Mexico.”

— former Alamogordo coach Gary Hveem

“I was a kid when my dad (L.G.) coached against him. I grew up with my dad talking about him … to me, he was one of those guys that definitely had an air about him, and we had a high level of respect for him.”

— former Artesia coach Cooper Henderson

“You think about how many people worked under him and became head coaches and became assistant coaches someplace else, and how many people he’s influenced … it’s astounding.”

— former Gentry assistant coach Mark Henry

“I think you could legitimately say he was the father of high school football in the state. There was a reason he had the longevity that he did, because he did it right.”

— former Clovis High head coach Eric Roanhaus

“He was a tough guy. His teams were tough and they were disciplined. Those characteristics rubbed off on his teams.”

— Eldorado head coach Charlie Dotson

“The entire sports community in New Mexico is saddened by the passing of legendary football coach Bill Gentry. Coach Gentry is one of the iconic coaches in the history of high school football in New Mexico. He had an enormous impact on many players and coaches. While his legacy will live on, he will be greatly missed.”

— NMAA executive director Sally Marquez

“Incredible man, coach. HHS mourns the loss.”

— Current Highland High football coach Phil Lovato

“… His impact on football coaching in Albuquerque is hard to put in proper context. Anybody that has coached in this city in the last 60 years has been influenced by Coach Gentry.”

— St. Pius football coach David Montoya, via Twitter

“The God Father of NM football, and a good man! God Bless him.”

— UNM baseball coach Ray Birmingham, via Twitter

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