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Daniel H. "Dan" Magill Jr 1921 - 2014

Daniel H. "Dan" Magill Jr

Tuesday, September 09, 2014
My name is James Hill, and I work at Trinity University in San Antonio. I had the honor of meeting Coach Magill a number of times, including at the NCAA Championships in Athens, and at a fall tournament in San Antonio. I always enjoyed visiting with him. His enthusiasm for Georgia and the sport of tennis knew no bounds! My prayers are with Coach Magill's family. I know, though, he would want us to say, "How 'Bout Them Dawgs!"
Saturday, August 30, 2014
To the Magill Family: I was fortunate to work for Coach Magill as an intern/manager in 1974 when we won the SEC. Coach Magill helped me get my first job when I graduated and we remained friends forever. He treated me as well as any of his All-Americans. I gave him a ride home one day after a match and we stopped at a quick pick at Five Points. Coach Magill went in and came back out with a six pack of Schlitz-- which we proceeded to split. Gotta love a guy who does that! I have a Christmas card from Coach framed in my office. I loved him dearly as he loved the Dawgs!
Friday, August 29, 2014
Dear Mrs Magill, Molly, Sharon, Ham and family:

Coach Magill was a great influence on everyone connected to Georgia's sports program. He was always looking for ways to get the job done. I always remember everyone looking to him when Coach Eaves was away. He was remarkable in his memory of sports. One of my favorite memories was at the Georgia tennis courts when he was playing against another gentelemen in a tournament clsoe to his age. One of them started to cramp up, then Coach Magill got a leg cramp as the other gentleman did too. They continued to play after a few minutes both were playing basically on one leg and dragging the other leg. It was a site to behold of two competitors not going to let a cramps get in their way of winning the match.
My thoughts and prayers will be with you in the coming days and weeks.
Friday, August 29, 2014
I saw him numerous times with a broom and trash bag.

He took pride in cleanliness. He always wanted things to look their absolute best. Whether it was a candy wrapper on the ground or a small weed sprouting near a tree, he demanded his headquarters always look impeccably groomed.

In the fall of 1987, I was hired as a student assistant by current UGA Senior Associate Athletic Director Claude Felton. My primary duty involved working with Coach Magill. My secondary duty was to always refer to Georgia Tech as “The Enemy” in Coach Magill's presence.

For the next several months, Coach Magill taught me how to become a writer, a statistician, a promoter and anything it took to elevate the UGA tennis program and fill the seats at Henry Feild Stadium. And fill the seats he mastered, often drawing larger crowds than basketball and baseball games.

He was a master storyteller and his incredible brain could recall sports scores and events faster than any computer today.

“Coach, were you this smart when you were in school?” I once asked him.

“I was because I sat next to ‘A-Plus Mason' and ‘Straight-A Milligan,'” he replied. “I always picked good seats.”

For the next several months, Coach Magill threw me into the fire pit of journalism and marketing. If I wrote (what I thought was) a good story, he ripped it apart and challenged me to make it better. If the Georgia tennis team's match against a good school didn't make the front sports page of the Athens Banner-Herald or the Red & Black, he challenged me to schmooze the editors so it never happened again.

He demanded excellence. And I'll forever be grateful for his high expectations. But most of all—I'll remember him for his wit and his incredible Southern accent.

It's hard to believe his presence will no longer be a part of the landscape on the UGA campus, but his legacy will forever shine. For four years, I took numerous classes from geology to business law. Although I'm grateful for a diploma that hangs on my wall, I must confess that Dan Magill taught me more than any class I took.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
I am so sorry to be unable to be present today to pay an in-person tribute to Dan! How much I cherished our relationship - really, with Dan as my mentor in so many ways . . . In spite of being a ferocious competitor, Dan was always a man of dignity and class. He cared so much about his players personally, but his family always came first! He was unbelievably creative and accomplished so many "firsts" in innumerable areas. And no matter how "serious" the occasion, he could always put it in perspective with his incredible humor! Few will be missed as much as Dan, but his legacy will live on through all of those legions he touched - certainly fellow coaches like myself amongst them. THANK YOU, Dan, for all you gave to us. My deepest sympathy to Rosemary and Family . . . Dick Gould, Stanford University
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