STOCKTON, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — One of the Stateline’s coaching legends has passed away. Longtime Stockton football coach John O’Boyle died over the weekend after a battle with cancer at the age of 84.
O’Boyle coached Stockton from 1963-1998. His teams won two state championships (1978, 1991) and they finished second twice (1975, 1977). O’Boyle’s 279 career wins rank ninth currently in IHSA history.
The football field in Stockton is named after O’Boyle.
Current Stockton administrator Brad Fox played for O’Boyle at Stockton. Fox later was an assistant coach under O’Boyle, and when Fox replaced O’Boyle as the head football coach O’Boyle assisted him.
I asked Fox what it was that made O’Boyle so successful.
“I think his attention to detail and preparation for each game and not overlooking any opponent on the schedule,” said Fox. “And then preparing us, his teams for Friday night contests, and I think he was a master psychologist. I think that might have been his best, most enduring quality as a coach of motivating his players to achieve at the level that they did.”
When asked for examples of how O’Boyle motivated his teams Fox said, “He just always seemed to know the right buttons to push to get us focused in.” “Again his attention to detail. He watched a ton of film and back when it was even Super 8 film and the stories of him picking up the film on a Monday from a Friday night game and then watching that. It would come in on the bus I believe on the old Super 8 film and he’s start watching away. He just studied the game greatly. He was just a great coach, but also a wonderful man.”
Click on the following link for O’Boyle’s full obituary and funeral and visitation information as provided by the Hermann Funeral Home and Monument Company.