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Daniel H. "Dan" Magill Jr 1921 - 2014

Daniel H. "Dan" Magill Jr

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
What a gracious man. He played in one of my tennis tournaments. He did not know me from Adam yet took the time to have a conversation with someone who admired him. Surely the pearly gates have hedges.
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.
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