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Late Elmore Co. H.S. coach remembered for making a difference

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The late football coach Terry Burt The late football coach Terry Burt
Terry Sanders remembers his former coach and how he impacted his life for years to come. Terry Sanders remembers his former coach and how he impacted his life for years to come.
ECLECTIC, AL (WSFA) -

As the sun rose over Panther Field at Elmore County High School Wednesday morning, Terry Sanders remembered. "Just so many memories," he said.

He was remembering football coach Terry Burt. Sanders wore number 88 and played for Burt in 1973 and '74.

"He was one of the most influential men in my life," Sanders said.

There were eight regional titles, three state championships and 200 victories over a 28 year span. What Sanders found remarkable is that the old coach never raised his voice.

"He was someone who loved a challenge. That's why when you bring in high school it was ideal for him. He believed in discipline and believing in doing it right," said Sanders.

Even away from the football field Terry Burt left a legacy that was felt throughout the city of Eclectic, including in his own neighborhood.

There is a story of Burt mentoring a teenager who was on the verge of trouble back in the late '90s.

"He took the young man under his wing and was a mentor for him," said Sanders.

Later in life coach Burt learned to play the guitar. Some of his musician friends from his church often played at the Eclectic Senior Center.

So respected and loved a former player from St. Louis, Missouri, attended Burt's funeral at the Eclectic Baptist Church, one of many in the congregation.

"You can still make a difference after your coaching career," said Sanders.

Coach Burt died last week from knee replacement complications. He was 75. Even though he gave up roaming the sidelines for good 15 years ago, people like Terry Sanders can still see the coach demanding things be done the right way every time.

For Terry Sanders that has made all the difference.

"There is no question I would be a different guy today had I not known him," Sanders said.

Coach Terry Burt was buried in his native town of Greenville.

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