The track and field coaching fraternity lost a great one with the passing of Munday head coach Ronny Lowrance on Sunday morning from an apparent heart attack.
Lowrance, a graduate of Munday High, was in his 11th year of coaching in his hometown where he his teams have won three state championships. He also served as defensive coordinator for the football team which won two state titles.
I never had the pleasure of meeting Ronny though we frequently talked during the spring by email. His teams were noticeable in that they were always very well-rounded. No sprint-heavy teams winning titles thanks to a couple of great sprinters. His teams over the years consistently had quality athletes across the board in all events which is very unusual for a small school with limited enrollment. Ronny was also one of the first coaches to use automatic timing at all his events. It was always nice to know that, when Munday hosted a meet, Ronny would send the results right after the meet and they were always FAT.
Ronny is survived by his wife, Jamie, and his children Kandace (20), Mitchell (16) and Kasey (13).
The track and field world lost a good friend and a great coach. We will sure miss him.