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Westlake offensive line coach Doug Wilson dies of cancer

Westlake Head Coach Todd Dodge said Wilson hadn't missed one Chaps game since his diagnosis.

AUSTIN, Texas — Sad news for the Westlake High School community: Head track coach and offensive line coach Doug Wilson has died of cancer. 

KVUE confirmed that Head Coach Todd Dodge learned of Wilson's passing Saturday morning. He then sent out an email to the Westlake community.

Wilson had been battling esophagus cancer for approximately two years but hadn't missed one Chaparrel football game since his diagnosis, Dodge said. Wilson was still coaching when Westlake won the UIL State Championship in 2019.


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Dodge told KVUE he could count on one hand how many practices Wilson missed and it was “an incredible tribute to how tough of a man he was.”

“The legacy of Doug Wilson at Westlake HS will be about a man who never had a bad day and a coach that was very talented in the way of getting the most out of all his players,” said Dodge. “So to our friend, our coach and our inspiration, we love you Coach.”

Wilson had been employed by Eanes Independent School District for over five years. In addition to coaching track and football, Wilson taught U.S. History at The Learning Center.

Wilson's son, Doak Wilson, plays football for the Texas Longhorns.

A Westlake High School alumnus has set up a GoFundMe page for his family.

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