Former Lake View coach Clovis Hale dies in one-vehicle crash

Clovis Hale, former Texas offensive line coach and coach for several high schools and colleges in Texas, died in a one-vehicle crash in Burnet County Saturday afternoon.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety 74-year-old Hale was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe east on Texas 71 about one mile east of Spicewood when his vehicle left the road on the south side shoulder at approximately 4:16 p.m.

He then traveled 100 feet, struck a power pole, a wire fence and some trees before his vehicle rolled around one and a half times.

He was pronounced dead at 4:45 p.m.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, Hale’s son, Joe Bill Hale said his father was driving home from a dialysis appointment when the incident occurred. He said troopers had told him there was no evidence of braking, so his father likely lost consciousness before the crash. His father had had a heart attack and a triple bypass surgery a couple of years ago, before he retired, Bill Hale said.

An autopsy is pending and funeral services have not yet been set.

According to the reports, Hale was a Longhorn assistant from 1987-91, and retired a few years back from Texas Tech where he was an offensive line coach. Throughout his career he had coached football in places such as Lubbock High School, Big Spring High School, San Angelo Lake View High School, North Texas, the University of Iowa, Rice, Texas and Texas Tech.

Hale led the San Angelo Lake View Chiefs to district titles in 1976 and 1977 and in April this year he visited San Angelo again as he was inducted in the Lake View Athletic Hall of Fame for his time at helm of the Chief’s program.