Hall of Fame coach Don Shows, who guided West Monroe to eight state football championships and a pair of national titles, died early Monday morning at age 75.
Don Shows, who transformed the West Monroe High School football program from perennial also-ran to national power, passed away Monday morning at age 75.
A memorial service is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. at Don Shows Field in Rebel Stadium.
Tabby Soignier reported on thenewsstar.com that Shows died Monday at 4:30 a.m. at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans.
Jerry Arledge, West Monroe's longtime defensive coordinator, was named interim head coach last season after Shows suffered the first of two strokes.
At the time Shows was hired as West Monroe's head coach in 1989, the Rebels and Bastrop consistently occupied the district cellar.
Under Shows' direction, the Rebels went on to win state championships in 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2011.
West Monroe was crowned as national champions by at least one poll following the 1998 and 2000 seasons.
Shows also directed the Rebels to five state runner-up finishes and Jonesboro-Hodge to a state runner-up finish in 1977.
He was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Besides West Monroe and Jonesboro-Hodge, Shows' career included stops at Northeast Louisiana University (now ULM), Northwestern State University, Ruston High School and Pineville High.
A Ruston High graduate, Shows earned a degree in eduction from Louisiana Tech University.