CALLISBURG, TX - Coach Dennis McAlister was known by students and fellow teachers for his dry wit and unending drive to see students succeed. Today an entire community is grieving the loss of the man they called 'Coach Mac'.
“I will remember that smile and that dry sense of humor and when he said something funny it was really funny. He was just a very good man," said Superintendent Dr. Charles Holloway.
He says Coach Dennis McAlister was a tough coach with a tender heart that was loved and respected by everyone at Callisburg High School.
"He was hard-nosed sometimes, but they really appreciated his efforts," said Holloway.
Coach Mac was killed Easter Sunday when his car was struck from behind while heading home from a visit with family in Oklahoma. News of the accident spread quickly throughout the Community, and this morning students gathered in an assembly to talk about their loss and pray for Coach Mac's family.
"We have extra people on staff to help the kids grieve and talk about their concerns," said Holloway.
The loss isn't just felt by students, Coach Mac was close to his fellow teachers and coaches and they are also dealing with the tragic loss.
"They are going to rely on the kids just as the kids rely on them," said Principal Josh Ballinger.
While the pain of the loss is great Ballinger says they are dealing with it as best they can and will continue to carry on.
"Youth pastors and ministers from all around are welcome in the school today and for days to come, to help us through the process of moving on, and not forgetting about him, but getting back to business," said Ballinger.
Texas DPS said charges were pending further investigation.