Monday, October 13, 2014

Piedmont High football coach Ron Massey dies of apparent heart attack

Ron Massey, who coached high school football at Piedmont, A.L. Brown and Kings Mountain, died of an apparent heart attack Saturday.

Massey, 56, was hired as Piedmont’s head coach in March 2012. This was his third season. Massey coached in Piedmont’s 74-58 loss to Sun Valley Friday. Piedmont is 3-4 this season. It was 8-3 in 2013 and 5-7 in 2012 under Massey.

Massey had a 120-32 record at A.L. Brown, where his teams won or tied for nine conference championships in his 11 seasons. His 2008 team at Kannapolis reached the N.C. 3AA state finals. Prior to Brown, Massey was head coach at Kings Mountain or five years starting in 1995. His teams were 48-15-2.

Massey also was head football coach at Fayetteville’s 71st high school from 1992-94. His teams were 32-14. Massey began his coaching career in 1988 at Raleigh Enloe. His career coaching record is 221-101-3.


Anonymous said...

What sad news. Ron was an assistant coach at Cummings High when I was there. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and players.

Anonymous said...

60 hours a week preparing for football and limited family time. All for a paltry sum of $3,000 !

How does the state of NC find any coaches?

EuroCat said...

Anonymous 4:12:


By finding the rare man of principle, commitment, and dedication such as Coach Massey.

There are a few such man out there, and they prove their dedication with every young man they mentor at their chosen sport. Obviously, it's not about the money for these men; it's about the kids in their communities, it's about sportsmanship, it's about honor. No, NC really couldn't buy that even if they wanted to.

I never met Coach Massey, but his Piedmont Panthers have long been in-county (though out-of-conference) rivals of our Parkwood Rebels. Union County's high school football family has lost a great man.

Carrie_Glass Hearted said...

ron massey and I have been friends and foe for over twenty years. we have coach against each other for about that many years. He asked me to work for him in 2012 and i refused. I wish i didn't turn the job down. He told me he needed me and would be successful with my help and I refused him. My loss! what a great, great man. Coach Gary Moore

Carrie_Glass Hearted said...

The loss of ron massey is a heartbreaker. what a man of class and moral structure. God has received one the greatest coaches to his collection. Ron is trully even stevens with bud wilkinson,and knute rocke. God be with this family during their need......... Jennifer Moore

Anonymous said...

Massey was a classy man, coach and father. My son played under him for four years, I witnessed him genuinely caring for each of his players and community.

RIP Coach....James Campbell