Former Irving Nimitz football coach dies

Mike Farda, Irving Nimitz football coach for 26 seasons (1980-2005), died Monday night after a 19-month battle with intestinal cancer.

He was 65.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Wayne Boze Funeral Home in Waxahachie.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Maypearl. Burial will be in Waxahachie.

“Even before I worked with Mike,’’ said Irving athletic director Joe Barnett, “I watched his teams in the playoffs and would be amazed to see them just wear out bigger, faster opponents.’’

Farda’s success at Nimitz (159-101-8) brought many job offers, Barnett said, but he was loyal to the school and the Irving Independent School District.

“In my time in Irving, I’ve come across so many of Mike’s former players and even the sons of former players,’’ Barnett said. “Mike’s coaching style was hard, but his players learned a lot more than just football. So many former players are now coaches themselves.’’

For the last four years, Farda worked as athletic consultant at Class 2A Maypearl.

Son Michael Farda guided Maypearl to the second round of the playoffs this fall in his first season as head coach.