San Diego lost a true legend on April 8th, when Herbert C. Meyer passed away while vacationing with his family in Spokane, Washington.
He was 87 years old. For more than 45 years, Coach Meyer dedicated his life to teaching, coaching, and mentoring countless students and athletes. His impact on Oceanside High School and El Camino High School athletics was immeasurable, and his legacy will forever be remembered as one of the most respected coaches in history.
Coach Meyer's unparalleled coaching and teaching career spanned more than four decades, during which he amassed more wins than any other coach in the history of California high school football. His dedication to his craft and students earned him countless accolades and recognition, including induction into 11 different Halls of Fame, including the City of Oceanside Athletic Hall of Fame and C.I.F. Hall of Fame.
Coach Meyer's impact on the world of high school athletics was so significant that he holds the honor of being the first California coach ever inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame, National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame.
During his tenure at Oceanside High School, Coach Meyer coached football and baseball, leading the teams to 112 wins and two CIF championships over 17 years. He was known for his unwavering dedication to his students and athletes, always striving to bring out the best in them both on and off the field. His impact on his students went beyond athletics; he was also known for his mentorship and guidance in academic and personal matters.
In recognition of his contributions to El Camino High School, the football stadium was renamed Herb Meyer Stadium to commemorate his retirement and legendary career in 2003. His name will forever be associated with excellence in high school athletics.
Coach Meyer leaves a legacy of a true champion whose dedication to his students and athletes will never be forgotten. His passing is a significant loss for high school athletics, but his legacy will continue to inspire and motivate generations of athletes and coaches. He was a man of integrity, passion, and kindness, and his impact on the lives of those he coached and taught will be felt for years to come. Rest in peace, Coach Meyer.