In Memoriam: Leon J. “Stan” Lomax, 1923-2018

Leon J. “Stan” Lomax, former head football coach and administrator at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, passed away on December 30, 2018. He was 95 years old.

Lomax stepped down as head coach of FVSU’s football team in 1977 after a 29-year coaching career. Throughout his 14 years as head coach, he led FVSU to four Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) championships and was named SIAC “Coach of the Year” four times. In 1972, his team and the team from Fisk University were the first HBCU football teams to be featured in a regionally telecast game on the American Broadcasting Corporation Network.

At the national level, Lomax served as a member of the coaching staff for the 1971 Black All-Star Classic and coached the East Team in the first Annual All-American Freedom Football Classic in 1976. When he retired with a record of 86-33-7, he earned the top winning percentage and longest period of continuous coaching service of any Georgia college football coach serving at the time. In addition to his football duties, Lomax served as FVSU’s head basketball coach from 1963-1967 and served as assistant to the president.

Before his career at FVSU, Lomax served as a football, basketball, and track and field coach at Risley High School in Brunswick, Georgia. While there, he led his teams to multiple state championships including two football championships, two basketball championships, and five consecutive track and field championships.

Lomax was a graduate of Fort Valley State University. He earned a master’s degree in education from Boston University.

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