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Don Markham, acclaimed football coach and guru of the double-wing offense, dies at 78

Pacific head football coach Don Markham on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.
Pacific head football coach Don Markham on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.

Don Markham, the well-traveled high school football coach known for his high-scoring double wing offenses, died Monday following a battle with cancer, his son said in an email. Markham was 78.

Markham coached at 10 high schools in a career that spanned 45 years, including Colton, Ramona, two stints at Bloomington, Rialto and Pacific. He compiled 312 victories at the high school level, 265 of those in California. Markham guided Bloomington to CIF Southern Section championships in 1994, 1996 and 1997. The 1994 team set a then-national record by scoring 880 points during the season.

Markham also led teams to section titles at L.A. Baptist (1971) and Colton (1978). His other stops included Bishop Amat, Leuzinger, Compton and Bandon (Ore.).

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