By LARRY VAUGHT
Former Danville High School football coach Chester Caddas passed away Saturday in Lexington at age 83.
He was head coach at Danville from 1963-65 — he had to follow coach Ray Callahan’s 1962 state championship season — and was succeeded in 1966 by Pat Dale as head coach.
Caddas played football at Murray State and had been head coach at Fulton High School in western Kentucky when he came to Danville.
Joe Burke and Harold Carson were Danville’s captains in 1965 on Caddas’ final team before Caddas joined the Vanderbilt coaching staff in 1966 and became an assistant coach at the University of the Pacific in 1968 and he became head coach there in 1972.
He went 8-3 his first year with a team that had been 3-8 the year before. Pacific had four winning seasons and went 38-38-2 in his seven seasons as head coach.
However, Caddas’ legacy probably is the assistant coaches and players he had to go on to become big-time coaches.
That includes Pete Carroll, who won the Super Bowl in 2014 as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Carroll remember Caddas’ “togetherness, toughness, competitiveness” in a Twitter post after the coach’s passing along with the “love” he showed everyone in the program.
Caddas also had Ron Turner, former NFL assistant coach; Greg Robinson, former Syracuse head coach; Dante Scarnecchia, a long-time New England Patriots staff member; and Ted Leland, former athletics director at Pacific and Stanford.
Caddas is survived by his daughter Lyn Matasci, son Chris Caddas, six grandchildren and three grandchildren. His wife, Bette, passed away in 2017.