Some reflected on Henry Rando’s life Tuesday, remembering his great offensive mind.
Others talked about his defense.
Everyone talked about his sense of humor.
Rando, who coached high school football for 40 years, died Tuesday morning of congestive heart failure.
He was 71.
“Every player who ever played under him still to this day would run through a brick wall for him,” Rummel coach Jay Roth said. “He was much loved and much respected.”
Rando’s final season as a coach was at East Jefferson in 2007, a job he held since 1991. He also had head coaching jobs at Holy Cross, St. John and First Assembly and was an assistant at Jesuit, Rummel and Hammond.
Rando and Roth’s father, Easton Roth, coached together at Jesuit in the 1960s and Rummel in the 1970s.
“He had a great defensive mind,” Jay Roth said. “As defensive coordinator in 1972, Rummel shut out eight of 10 opponents, and in 1976 they gave up 22 points in 10 games. But he was also an innovator. Rummel was one of the first schools to have a press guide.”
B.J. Guzzardo remembered him for his success on the other side of the ball.
Rando, a 1961 St. Aloyisius grad, served as offensive coordinator under Guzzardo one season at Hammond in the late 80s.
“He knew that Wing-T backward and forward,” Guzzardo said.
But what Guzzardo will remember the most is Rando’s sense of humor.
“He was the reason I would always look forward to going to the coaching clinics,” Guzzardo said. “He found something funny in everything and always had you laughing. He was just a great guy.”
A moment of silence was held for the longtime coach during Tuesday’s game between Shaw and Rummel.
“You won’t find a person who loved the Catholic League more than him,” Roth said.
He was named the area’s Coach of the Year in 1983 at Holy Cross and again in 1994 at East Jefferson.
Rando also served as an analyst on Ken Trahan’s Original Prep Football Report on WGSO 990-AM.
“His knowledge of high school football is unparalleled, and his point of reference was amazing,” Trahan said. “He was just a natural fit. He was a great coach and a tremendous historian of the game. But what goes unnoticed is he was an excellent math teacher. I’m going to miss him terribly.
Funeral arrangements are still pending.