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Oak tree dedicated to fallen coach

Terry Tull remembered for his work with youth

Posted: October 11, 2008 8:56 p.m.
Updated: December 13, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Friends and family of Terry "Coach" Tull celebrated the dedication of an oak tree on Saturday at William S. Hart Baseball Complex in honor of his devotion to baseball, the complex, and most of all, the many kids that played there.

 
Terry “Coach” Tull of Santa Clarita will be deeply missed by many in this valley. Friends and family celebrated the dedication of an oak tree on Saturday at William S. Hart Baseball Complex in honor of Tull’s devotion to baseball, the complex, and most of all, the many kids that played there.

“The tree will plant itself in this community like my father did,” said Matt Tull, one of Terry’s four sons. “It’s a solid, strong oak that’s going to stand forever.”

"My husband was sturdy as a tree," said wife Sue Tull as she wiped tears from her cheek.

More than 50 friends and family members gathered around the fresh oak and a posterboard featuring numerous picture’s of baseball and soccer teams that Tull coached. In the middle was a picture of Tull characteristically wearing an AYSO shirt and William S. Hart baseball cap.

Terry Tull was a very active coach and helper of William S. Hart Pony Baseball Complex. He helped construct and install most of the field lighting between the 1970s and 1980s. He was instrumental in the construction of many of the grandstands and other projects, according to Mike Lyons, a best friend of Tull’s.

“When there was a movement to move this park out to develop car lots, Terry went to City Hall and got that whole movement stopped,” said Lyons.

All those who relayed memories of Tull could not help but choke up including young men who Tull had once coached.

“He was the neighborhood coach,” said Coby Simpson who played in a championship soccer team led by Tull. “We always wanted to be at Terry’s house. He’ll live on forever in my heart.”

It was evident from the crowd that Tull touched the lives of so many in this community from baseball moms and players to neighbors and other coaches.

“He didn’t raise four boys, he raised 100 boys,” Patti Simpson said, referring to the number of players who were affected by Tull’s coaching and character. "He didn’t just teach our boys sports, he taught them life lessons," she said.

“He was the kindest, most generous, loving person and I feel blessed to have known him,” said Barbara Berry of Saugus. Berry’s sons played baseball with Tull’s sons.

An inscribed plaque in front of the Shetland Field accompanies the planted tree.

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