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Legendary San Antonio-area, Somerset head football coach Sonny Detmer dies

Detmer is one of Texas’s all-time winningest head football coaches

(Sonny Detmer)
(Sonny Detmer)

SAN ANTONIO – Legendary San Antonio-area and Somerset head football coach Sonny Detmer has died.

Somerset ISD athletic officials confirmed Detmer’s passing to KSAT. He was 76-years-old.

Detmer is one of the state’s all-time winningest head football coaches. He coached for 35 seasons at Somerset, Mission and Southwest high schools, winning 235 games and several district titles.

The Detmer family has been a South Texas football institution for decades.

Detmer’s sons, Ty and Koy, played quarterback for their father and went on to successful collegiate and NFL careers after prolific high school careers.

Ty Detmer won the Heisman Trophy while at BYU and Koy Detmer was the starting quarterback for Colorado.

Detmer’s grandsons also played quarterback for him at Somerset.

Detmer had not been with the team through the summer and early part of the season as he battled through health issues.


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