Stadium named for revered coach

Charley Robinson

Staff writer

Uvalde Coyotes open the 2019 football season on the road Thursday, Aug. 29, in Eagle Pass at Cozel Foster Memorial Stadium. Eagle Pass has two high schools, Eagle Pass High, and a newer school, C.C. Winn High School. They share the stadium.

Sports stadiums around the country carry names of individuals and fans may wonder who that person is/was to be so honored.

Cozel Foster Veterans Memorial Stadium aptly carries the name of a World War II veteran who also is a legendary Texas high school football coach.

Foster served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1943 until the conclusion of WWII in 1945. He arrived in Eagle Pass in 1955 as the Eagles athletic director and head football coach.

Upon his arrival at the border city, he mailed a letter to all prospective Eagle football players. It was blunt and to the point: Dear Eagles: “I have arrived in Eagle Pass. Report to practice in the best shape you have ever been in your life or you will regret it! P.S. We will win the district championship.”

How did that prediction turn out? The Eagles posted an 8-2-1 record and did indeed win the district championship.


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