Hebron High School honored late football coach David Brian Brazil and unveiled the renamed football stadium before the school's homecoming game Sept. 29. Brazil coached at the school for 23 years until his retirement in May 2022.

Brazil died July 5 and is survived by his wife, Birdie Brazil, and his three children, Danielle, Gabrielle and David Brazil, all of whom were present during the event.

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Brazil earned All-Southwest Conference honors during his college football career at Texas Christian University and played in the NFL with the Houston Oilers after graduation. Before serving Lewisville ISD, he began his coaching career in 1988 at Shepton High School in Plano, followed by RL Turner High School in Carrollton in 1989. Brazil was the Lewisville High School coach from 1992 for seven years until 1999, when Hebron High School opened.

The Hebron Hawks went on to win five district championships under Brazil's leadership. He was named State Coach of the Year in 2005 and was named District Coach of the Year six times. He received a Tom Landry Award in 2014 and the Dallas Area Tom Landry Coach of the Year Award in 2016. He was inducted into the Sam Rayburn High School Hall of Fame in 2016 and the Texas High School Coaches Association’s Hall of Honor in July 2022.

Brazil served on the Texas High School Coaches Association board of directors from 2007-10 and as the president from 2011-12.

According to his obituary, Brazil served as the senior athletic director at Prestonwood Christian Academy school system following his retirement. Brazil was a devout Christian and was also a deacon and student ministry Bible study teacher at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano.

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“Coach Brazil laid the foundation for Hebron High School [football],” Hebron High School principal Amy Boughton said in the news release. “I feel responsible for carrying on the foundation and legacy that he established in 1999.”