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San Antonio South Side Sports extends our most sincere condolences to the family, friends and current and former players of Sam Houston girls basketball coach Milyse Lamkin — as well as the entire Hurricanes community.
Coach Lamkin, an alumna of the school who served many years at Sam Houston, died of cancer Thursday morning at age 52 after a three- to four-year battle. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all whose lives she touched.
“We lost a champion,” Sam Houston football coach and boys athletic coordinator Gary Green said. “She fought very, very hard, as she always has.”
In her nine years as Hurricanes coach, Lamkin guided the team to a 172-118 record and six district titles.
The 2013-14 Hurricanes qualified for the Class 3A playoffs and finished second in District 28-3A despite starting the season with a 2-15 record. Lamkin had missed more than a month of the season, due to an unanticipated hip surgery. Her team’s turnaround coincided with her return to the bench.
“It was hard for me, because I wasn’t able to be there for the girls,” Lamkin said last February of the leave of absence, “but I left it in the Lord’s hands.”
Interim SAISD athletic director Frank Arnold confirmed that Lamkin was on a leave of absence from her teaching position at the time of her death,
“She was one heck of a coach and a great person,” SAISD assistant athletic director Brian Clancy said. “This is a great loss for the district and for the young women on the east side of town.”
After her playing career ended at Sam Houston, Lamkin was a member of St. Mary’s University’s 1986 NAIA championship softball team. In 1999, she was inducted into the athletic hall of fame at St. Mary’s.
NOTE: I am currently working on a remembrance of coach Lamkin to be posted this weekend.