Athletics News

LONGTIME COACH PASSES AWAY

Aug. 19, 2005

Charles "Charlie" Key, 64, a longtime football and golf coach as well as a two-term member of the UTA Alumni Association Board of Directors, died Friday at his home in Arlington.

Key spent 22 seasons on the Mavericks football coaching staff. He served as the defensive coordinator for the Mavericks football team from 1980 to 1985 and was the offensive backs coach from 1964 to 1979. His running backs ranked third and fifth nationally in 1978 and 1979 on the rushing offense charts. Three running backs -- Dexter Bussey, Derrick Jensen and Roy Dewalt -- played professional football following their careers at UTA. He was on the coaching staff of three Southland Conference champion teams (1966, 1967 and 1981) and the 1967 NCAA College Division National Champions.

"The University of Texas at Arlington and UTA athletics lost a great advocate, friend and supporter today with the passing coach Charlie Key," said UTA Athletics Director Pete Carlon. "Coach Key loved his university and especially UTA athletics, past and present. He was a source of great knowledge and history of the athletics program, the University and of the Arlington community.

"Coach Key was not only a well-respected coach and teacher, but an admired friend, mentor, advisor, colleague, teammate and father figure. He will be missed tremendously by all those who had the good fortune to have known him or been the recipient of his advice and counsel."

Key was the head golf coach for UTA from 1965-66 and 1974-76. He also served as a physical education instructor at UTA.

Key graduated from UTA with a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1964 and received his master's degree in economics from The University of North Texas in 1967.

He played on the UTA football team from 1959 to 1962. Key was captain of the football team in 1961 and 1962 football squad. He ranked fifth in scoring history with 155 points, including 17 touchdowns, 34 point-after-touchdown kicks, five field goals and two, two-point conversions. He was named to the Dallas Morning News All-Texas team in 1961.

Key was a member of the UTA Athletic Alumni Chapter Advisory Board and was a two-term member of the UTA Alumni Association Board of Directors. He was inducted into the UTA Athletics Hall of Honor in 1993.

He is survived by his wife, Joy, and two children -- Jonathan and Leigh Ellen. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Arlington Funeral Home. In memoriam, an endowed scholarship has been established in his name for an athletic scholarship. To contribute, call 817-272-2032.

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