Legendary Louisiana high school football coach Lee Hedges dead at age 93

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Lee Hedges Stadium
Lee Hedges Stadium in Shreveport bears the name of the area’s legendary head football and tennis coach.

Louisiana high school football coaching legend Lee Hedges died Sunday. He was 93.

Hedges made a profound impact in the Shreveport area. In his first head coaching job over four years at C.E. Byrd, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame inductee led Byrd to state title game. Then came five years at Woodlawn during which he coached another state finalist squad in 1965 quarterbacked by Terry Bradshaw. Finally, he coached 18 years at Captain Shreve, leading the school to its only state football crown in 1973.

A winner of 217 games as a prep football head coach before he retired following the 1984 season, Hedges is the only coach to lead three different programs in Louisiana to state title games.

Doubling as a tennis coach at Captain Shreve, he led that program to double-digit state championships.

Hedges also spent one season as an assistant football coach at Louisiana Tech (1966).

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