Concord High’s Wills passes away

Concord High softball coach Jerry Wills, who led the Minutemen to the North Coast Section playoffs in each of his eight seasons as head coach, died Wednesday due to complications from lung disease, his wife Beatrice said.

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Wills was first diagnosed with lung disease three years ago but checked into the hospital just over three weeks ago. He died at Kaiser-Walnut Creek around 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Wills was 65 years old.

The longtime community coach had been active in Concord American Little League since the late 1970s and became the coach of the Minutemen in 2002 after assisting in 2001. Concord reached the apex of its success under Wills in 2008, reaching the NCS 2A East Bay championship game and finishing with a 17-7 record.

“He’d been coaching since our oldest son was about six years old in some way. It was either softball, baseball, basketball or soccer,” said Beatrice Wills.

Services will be held Sunday Aug. 2nd 2009 at Ouimet Bros. Concord Funeral Chapel, 4125 Clayton Rd at 5:00pm.  In lieu of flowers, the family would like to have donations made to “Concord High Softball”c/o Concord High school 4200 Concord Blvd. Concord, Ca 94521.

Ben Enos