Former Newton athletic director and head football coach W.T. Johnston passed away on Saturday after battling Graft-versus-host disease for over three years.
He coached the Eagles to back-to-back UIL state titles.
On Wednesday, players and the Newton community celebrated Johnston’s life at Newton’s Singletary Stadium.
In eight seasons, Johnston went 97-15 with the Eagles, capped off with back-to-back UIL state titles, despite suffering from Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), which he developed after receiving a double lung transplant in 2015.
Newton went 15-0 each of the past two seasons and won the 3A Division II title over Gunter in 2017. The Eagles held off Canadian, 21-16, in December before 10,032 at AT&T Stadium.
Then Johnston gave Fox Sports Southwest one of the most powerful post-game speeches: