Legendary A&M Coach Remembered


One of college basketball's true jewels was laid to rest Monday.

Shelby Metcalf, Texas A&M's legendary men's head basketball coach, was remembered Monday afternoon at the First United Methodist Church in Bryan.

During the service, emotions were subdued by laughter, as hundreds of goodbyes were showered upon a man and coach loved by many.

"God has blessed Shelby and God has blessed us for having known him," Dr. Carroll Fancher a retired minister with First United Methodist Church said.

The church was filled to capacity with those who knew Shelby best.
They were all there to reminisce and pay their last respects to a man, an icon, who touched so many lives.

"He taught us to have some humor and how not to take ourselves so seriously," former Texas A&M basketball player Barry Davis said. "He taught us how to laugh at ourselves and basically how to take a little and do a whole lot with it."

And his lesson about humor worked, laughter overshadowed tears during the service as former players shared their stories about the beloved coach.

"Shelby used to make us work out on Sundays and one time I asked him, I said Shelby why do that since it's the sabbath," Ray Roberts, a former Texas A&M basketball player said. "He said Ray that's not working out it's recreational pursuit."

Shelby was said to be more than a great father and husband.
He was a mentor to anyone who stepped onto his court.

"I called him coach, but he was really not my coach he was really my friend," former Texas A&M basketball player Eddie Dominguez said. "We established a great relationship after A&M and we became very close friends."

It was Coach Metcalf that turned Texas A&M basketball into a team that you did not want to reckon with.
He became the winningest coach in Southwest Conference history.

It was years after those glory days, a lengthy illness would claim his life.
But, he will always be remembered as an inspirational Aggie and a man that was much more than a king of the court, but a friend and father to many.

The Texas A&M Singing Cadets took part in Monday's service singing "Gospel Travelin" and "The Lord Bless You and Keep You."


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