GLENDALE — Gordon Warnock, who guided the Crescenta Valley High football team to its lone CIF championship and was a fixture in the local coaching fraternity for more than 40 years, has died. He was 79.
He reportedly died in his sleep at his La Crescenta residence on Wednesday morning, though the cause was unclear. Recently, he had reportedly been fitted for a pacemaker due to a slow pulse.
"We were together for 40 years," said Crescenta Valley assistant coach Dennis Gossard, who became an assistant under Warnock in 1970. "He was a class individual and his No. 1 concern was always the kids.
"I talked to him Tuesday and he sounded great. We will miss him. The coaching profession will miss him."
Warnock piloted the Falcons to the CIF Southern Section Division AAA championship. He coached the Falcons from 1967-76 and 1979-84 before serving as an assistant for many years. Warnock and assistant coach Bill Irace co-coached the team on an interim basis for the final four weeks of the 2006 season. He began this season as the defensive backs coach despite having suffered an injury to his Achilles' heel during the summer.