Remembering Zach Shaver

A memorial has been proposed to remember a Texoma football star that died suddenly last year. Zach Shaver, 18, graduated from Rider High School and was a red shirt freshman at Tarleton. He died after a hit during football practice in 2010. The Wichita Falls Independent School District Board met Tuesday in a work session to discuss naming the Rider Strength and Conditioning Center in his honor.

Zach was a 3-year starter for Rider High School, earning two All-District honors and one All-State honorable mention.  After he graduated in 2009, he played at Tarleton State University in Stephenville on a football scholarship.  One of his coaches said at his funeral that Zach could only have imagined how much he would accomplish during his life. "Zach was committed far more than many people could ever be committed.  And it was just a tremendous honor," said Tarleton Head Football Coach Cary Fowler.

At his funeral, friends and loved ones said they would never forget the young athlete. "After today we all lose a piece of ourselves, but we are replaced with a piece of Zach that will forever remain in our hearts," best friend Steve Bowie told the overflowing crowd.

Rider Head Football Coach Jim Garfield, who worked with Zach especially closely in his former role as Defensive Coordinator says the honor would be fitting.

The School Board is expected to make a decision on the naming proposal at their next meeting. We want to know what you think. Sound-off to us on our facebook or Twitter Pages. We may use your comment on-air.

Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6