Coach Reginald McGary dies of heart attack, Ex-Birmingham City School Coach passed away

Long Time Birmingham City Schools' Basketball Coach Reginald McGary Passes Away. (Source: Facebook)
Long Time Birmingham City Schools’ Basketball Coach Reginald McGary Passes Away. (Source: Facebook)


The Birmingham City Schools’ basketball community is grieving the departure of a coaching luminary, with the heartbreaking news of Coach Reginald “Caveman” McGary’s passing making its rounds.

Renowned for his enduring passion for the sport and steadfast commitment to guiding young athletes, Coach McGary’s influence reached well beyond the confines of the basketball court. As the community contemplates the profound imprint he left on numerous players, associates, and enthusiasts alike, his legacy stands as a testament to the everlasting impact of sports in molding and enriching lives.

Keep reading to know more about the legacy of Coach McGary and his cause of death in detail.

Coach Reginald McGary passed away

It is with heavy hearts that the basketball community mourns the passing of Coach Reginald McGary, a revered and beloved figure within Birmingham City Schools’ athletics.

The devastating news of Coach McGary’s passing was officially communicated by BCS District Athletics through a poignant post on their Facebook page.

CoachReginald McGary cause of death

The basketball community is grappling with the devastating news of Coach Reginald McGary’s passing, a tragic event attributed to an unexpected and fatal heart attack. Recent reports indicate that Coach McGary had been hospitalized due to unforeseen health issues, prompting an outpouring of concern and support from well-wishers who earnestly prayed for his swift recovery.

Despite the collective prayers and the concerted efforts to rally around him during his medical crisis, Coach McGary ultimately succumbed to the severity of his condition. His untimely passing leaves a profound void in the hearts of those who admired him not only as a coach but as a mentor, leader, and inspirational figure.

Who was Reginald McGary?

Reginald McGary, a prominent figure in Birmingham City Schools’ basketball, devoted a substantial part of his career to shaping and motivating young athletes. In addition to his significant stint as the basketball coach for Birmingham City Schools, Coach McGary made a lasting impact on Alabama’s sports landscape, notably leading the boys of Parker High School to victory in the Class 5A state championship. His coaching expertise and ability to foster champions were evident in the success of the Parker team during his tenure.

Coach McGary’s influence transcended the basketball court; he was not merely a coach, but a mentor deeply invested in the holistic development of his players. This commitment to their overall well-being was publicly acknowledged and honored during the MLK Round Ball Classic, where he was recognized at halftime. This event not only celebrated his coaching accomplishments but also emphasized the profound influence he wielded in shaping the lives of those he coached.

Coach McGary stood out not only for his strategic expertise but also for his strong emphasis on discipline. He believed in instilling values that went beyond the confines of the game, earning him the admiration and affection of both athletes and their parents. His coaching philosophy surpassed the realm of the scoreboard, prioritizing the development of character and a sense of responsibility—qualities that resonated deeply with the broader community.


Destine Hayes wrote: “I was told over 2.5 hours ago that my high school basketball coach passed away. I’ve been sitting here trying to process it. My words won’t change a thing, but it is common to find ourselves lost in not knowing what to say and how we should react.Coach Reginald McGary, you will be missed. Even when you called me DoDo when I played like shit, stuck with me. It reminded me to do my best in life. Those memories of all you did to help us win championships and mentor us off the court as well, won’t be taken in vain.I’m wishing the best for your family at this time and keeping everyone in my prayers.”

Ashley wrote: “Coach‼️There will never be another you😔 To know Caveman is to love him 💯 Coach Ford and I literally just had a conversation about you lastnight praying you would make it out of this 😔 You hurt alot of people with this coach but we know you fought as hard as you could. We’re gonna miss you coach 💔 I pray for the strength of your wife, kids, grandkids, family and friends. Watch over your boy Coach Ford a little harder because I saw it on his face and heard it in his voice lastnight he’s hurting 😔 We love you coach and you’re truly gonna be missed!’CIP (Coach In Peace) Coach Reginald “Caveman” McGary 🕊️💔😔🏀

As the news of Coach Reginald McGary’s passing reverberates through the basketball community, his legacy is one not solely defined by victories and championships but, more significantly, by the positive transformation and enrichment of lives under his guidance. The impact he had will endure in the hearts of those fortunate enough to have been coached by a mentor who genuinely comprehended the transformative influence of sports and mentorship.


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