The football world was praying for a miracle after beloved coach 59-year-old Calvin Magee suffered a major heart attack on Tuesday 17 May 2022.
Unfortunately, those prayers were left unanswered with Jacksonville State announcing on Friday 20 May 2022 that Coach Calvin Magee had died. Head Coach of Jacksonville State, Rich Rodriguez said “our hearts are broken with the loss of our beloved friend Calvin Magee. Calvin was a great husband, great father, and grandfather, great coach, a great friend, and a great man. He impacted my life and the lives of so many others in such a positive way.’
Coach Magee’s fans took to Twitter to pray for the popular coach after the news of his heart attack spread. Two fans stated he was one of the best in the business and an even better man. Another said ‘Coach Magee is a great dude. Still remember him coming to my house to recruit me as a youngling while at USF. That’s the impact he left. Praying for you coach.’
Following Coach Magee’s death, Rodriguez said ‘our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family – wife Rose, daughters Jade and Jasmine, son Bryson, his grandchildren, and all his friends and relatives. Our world is less, but heaven got better. I miss him dearly already. I love you, my brother’.
Coach Magee’s death has led to an outpouring of grief from many who knew him, with former University of Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate tweeting, “I’ll never forget those conversations we had off the field, yourself, (Smith) and I. You will be missed but never forgotten. Praying for your family.’
Another player Bryce Wolma tweeted ‘this one hurts. Coach Magee was a true leader and mentor on and off the field for me. Send love and support to the Magee family.’
The long-time coach started his coaching college football career in 1996 in South Florida.
Coach Magee moved on to West Virginia before being hired as Michigan’s offensive coordinator. He then moved on to Pittsburgh and then Arizona. From 2012-2017 he became associate head coach and co-offensive coordinator. He then spent the 2021 season as Duke’s running back coach before settling at Jacksonville State.