Service set for former Rogers HS, Tulsa coach Chuck Boyle
BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
3/05/13 at 5:54 AM
A memorial service for former Rogers head football coach and University of Tulsa assistant Chuck Boyle is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. (CDT) March 26 at Fort Rosecrans in Point Loma, Calif.
Boyle died on Feb. 21 in a LaJolla, Calif., hospital from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was 86.
Boyle, who also was well known for his tennis coaching that included helping develop 1963 Wimbledon champion Chuck McKinley, was the Tulsa World's state football coach of the year in 1964 after leading Rogers to a 10-1 record and an appearance in the Class 3A (large school) state title game.
He also coached in the 1960 All-State Game. Boyle led Rogers to a 9-0 season in 1960 when Tulsa Public Schools teams did not compete in the state playoffs. He had a 50-16-2 record at Rogers from 1958-64.
TPS athletic director Gil Cloud played for Boyle in 1962 and '63.
"Coach Boyle was a tremendous leader of young men," Cloud said, "He inspired us to play beyond our ability and thus success was Roper football. He is one of the reasons that I chose coaching and athletics as my lifelong career."
At Rogers, Boyle also coached John Henry Ward, who played for seven years in the NFL, was a high school state champion wrestler and earned football and wrestling All-America honors at Oklahoma State.
Boyle, who was born on May 5, 1926, in Mattoon, Ill., served in the U.S. Marine Corps and fought in six major battles in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a quarterback and defensive back on Illinois' 1947 Rose Bowl champions.
After graduating from the University of Colorado, he moved to Oklahoma and was an assistant for six years at Sapulpa, which promoted him to head coach in '57. He led the Chieftains to an 8-1-1 record and a conference title in his only season there as head coach.
Boyle was 6-3 as the head coach at Barstow (Calif.) Union in 1965 before joining Glenn Dobbs' football staff as an assistant at Tulsa from 1966-68.
From 1969-71, Boyle was the offensive coordinator at Long Beach State and helped produce NFL standouts such as Terry Metcalf and Billy Parks. He then served as an assistant athletic director at Cal State Fullerton before starting the Chuck Boyle Tennis Academy, which produced some of Southern California's top junior tennis players for two decades.
Boyle, who was Southern Hills Country Club's tennis pro for 10 years and posted a winning record as TU's tennis coach, also coached 1962 U.S. Pro champion Butch Buchholz.
Boyle, who also was a painter and motivational speaker, was married to his wife, Jeanne, for 58 years until her death in 2007, and they had three children. He is survived by their son, Chris, and daughter, Cathy MacGurn. Their son, Kevin, died in 2002.
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