Mesquite ISD Hall of Honor – Charlie Qualls

Mesquite ISD Hall of Honor – Charlie Qualls


Let me start off just saying that Charlie Qualls
was probably the greatest man I’ve ever been around in the coaching profession. What was your favorite team? McKinney, North Mesquite, Mesquite? Those are young men. It’s hard to learn about Charlie Qualls
as a coach because everyone wants to talk about Charlie Qualls as a man. His character was beyond reproach. His faith was very evident in his lifestyle. Any time you’re around him – I don’t
care what setting it was – everybody around knew that they were in the presence of a great
leader. He was a good man for the job, very personable,
got along with everybody, handled parents well. I just think he did what he thought he should
do. He loved the Lord, and he kind of did the
best he could. He was the complete man, everything you wanted
in a father, and a coach I guess. There’s my husband. With that look – that sideline look. In 15 years as a head coach, Charlie’s teams
won 106 games. He spent five seasons at McKinney, two at
Mesquite, and he started North Mesquite’s football program in 1970. In the Stallions’ first scrimmage, they
played a terrible game. He said, What is the toughest drill you know
Gary? And I said, Well I think it’s probably the hamburger
drill. What about you Rusty? He says, well the slaughter drill. Everybody named their toughest drill and he
said, OK that’s all we’re going to do in the morning. They called it Black Saturday. Several players quit, but the ones who didn’t
made up the foundation of a program that won 31 games in its first four years. I just say it was tough. It was hard, you know? That is the Texas High School Coaches Association
Hall of Honor. Running sprints, and back then they used to
punish you by running you, so we had to run sprints all the time. After 8 seasons at North, Charlie became Mesquite
ISD’s first Athletic Director in 1978… Lot of white hair. The silver fox. … a position he held for 12 years. His contribution to that school district,
being the first athletic director, being a big part of the development of Memorial Stadium. He’s a Texas High School Hall of Honor member
as both a coach and athletic director. Each place Charlie left was better than when
he had arrived. That’s how he lived his life. We lived right across from Baker Field – it
was called Baker Field at the time. That was kind of his walking path, around
that whole big park area, and he would pick up trash along the way. Used to go over there and play football with
the local neighborhood kids, and he always would have us pick up any trash that was in
the way. He always told us to leave a place better
than you found it. Charlie passed away in 2003, but his impact
on Mesquite ISD is felt to this day. He was modest and didn’t look for glory,
but yeah, I know, he would be proud. Nah, I only called him coach. Not “Dad” much, just coach. He seemed to like that. Yeah, some good stories. Good memories about the coach.

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