Eufaula mourns the loss of football assistant Duane Mock | High school
Tom Clements, a native of Eufaula, grew up knowing Mock due to his Olympic experience, but did not know him personally until he was hired by Mock as offensive coordinator at Lakeside in 2004. Both there worked together until 2007 and later in Eufaula. in 2011-12.
“The first thing that comes to my mind is class and character,” Clements said. “He was really a class act on and off the pitch, just a great person. He will certainly be missed. He was an asset to so many people.
In addition to coaching and teaching children, both at the high school and elementary level, Mock was often known to help children train off the court, including some explosive footwork that came from his experience as a bobsledder. .
In the coaching arena, Clements described Mock as passionate, organized, and focused on helping players become better athletes, but more importantly, be better individuals.
“His passion for being the best he can be for kids,” Clements said when asked about Coach Mock. “He was very selfless, wanting to make sure he gave kids the best chance to succeed, whether in athletes or in life in general. He took it very seriously.
“When it came to him as a coach he was very organized and very focused on the task at hand and that dissipated for the kids. They were a mirror image of him and that’s one of the reasons we were so successful when he was here.