By Eric Loughry ('96)
As Dan Reardon headed toward the exit of the coaches' offices at Tom Benson Stadium to go pick up his oldest son, Matthew, from football practice, his 3-year old daughter, Grace, broke down in tears. Reardon assured her that he would be back soon. While he was gone, Reardon's 15-year old daughter, Emma, kept an eye on Grace and her brother, Patrick, who will turn 5 in a few weeks. When Reardon returned with Matthew about a half hour later that night in early August, he went to get a load of laundry from the equipment room as Matthew headed upstairs to see his brother and sisters.
CANTON As the first day of two-a-day practices wrapped up in the sweltering August heat three weeks ago, McKinley High School football players were being instructed on how to address their new assistant coach. Not "Her." Not "She." Not "That girl." It is either "Coach Syrina" or "Coach Richardson," they were told.