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Ex-Baldwin coach Venable dies

June 1, 2012, 12:00 a.m. Updated June 1, 2012, 9:24 a.m.

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Former Baldwin High School football coach Merle Venable died early Thursday morning.

Ted Zuzzio, Baldwin High School girls track coach, said Venable died after a long and courageous battle with bladder cancer.

Venable was the coach at Baldwin from 1966 to 1985. Zuzzio was his assistant for the last nine of those years. During that time, Baldwin won seven-straight league championships, was state runner-up in 1978 and state champion in 1981.

“We was a wonderful coach and a winning coach,” Zuzzio said. “We cared about every kid on the team and every kid in the school. He taught me how to care.”

Zuzzio joked that Venable was now with his heroes Jessie James and Cole Younger, to Wild West outlaws he would always bring up to kids when coaching. It was not the only Western reference in his coaching toolbox.

“We listened to the record ‘High Noon’ every game before going on the field,” Zuzzio said. “It’s a song about courage and doing the right thing. We carried a record player when we played on the road. We’d plug it in, play the song and hit the field.”

Quinn Miller, who played for Venable from 1979 to 1982, said he was a tough but caring coach.

“He challenged you,” he said. “He’d kick you butt when you needed it. It wasn’t an easy ride.

“But there was mutual respect and love. When you got older, you understood.”

A previous version of this story has been updated.

Comments

Number_1_Grandma 1 year, 10 months ago

LJW UPDATED their article probably due to my calling them out.

So truman and TOB I accept your apology and for being idiots for not reading the article was UPDATED after my post!

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FlintlockRifle 1 year, 10 months ago

I think Merle was 75 years old or in that range, quite the fellow====

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 10 months ago

"Number_1_Grandma (anonymous) says… Well done LJW staff. No age given or any possible cause or even if he had health problems lately. Keep filling space with basically worthless info. Forget news reporting 101 Who, When, Where and Why."

Go back to bed. Wake up in a couple hours and learn how to read.

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truman 1 year, 10 months ago

FYI to above poster Number 1 Grandma- In the first paragraph, it states he had cancer. From reading the artice and seeing the years he was a coach, he was an older gentleman. Anyway, RIP to Coach Venable.

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Number_1_Grandma 1 year, 10 months ago

Well done LJW staff. No age given or any possible cause or even if he had health problems lately. Keep filling space with basically worthless info. Forget news reporting 101 Who, When, Where and Why.

My condolences to the Venable family...

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