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Timberview assistant, former TCU player dies

Mansfield Timberview High School assistant football coach Cody McCarty died Sunday night.

The 29-year-old former football player at TCU served as Timberview’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach as well as a baseball assistant and physical education teacher.

He died at Huguley Memorial Medical Center in Burleson, where he lived. A cause of death has not been released.

“You just knew Cody was destined to be a head coach someday,’’ Mansfield ISD athletic director Debbie Weems said. “He was very respectful and he had a great presence in a room. This has been a real shock to everybody.’’

Grief counselors were made available at Timberview on Monday.

Timberview is scheduled to host Duncanville on Friday night at R.L. Anderson Stadium. As of Monday afternoon, no decision had been made concerning the game.

On Monday afternoon, Weems said Timberview head coach Mark Walker was spending time with the players who wanted to meet, “just trying to get through the day.’’

In McCarty’s first season since his promotion to offensive coordinator, Timberview has become one of the top offenses in the area, averaging 438 yards and 36 points per game through seven games.

McCarty played high school football at Class 2A Bishop in South Texas as a quarterback/safety.

He moved to tight end at TCU, where he caught 39 passes for 636 yards while participating in all 36 games in 2002-2004. He was All-Conference USA as a senior.

He took a shot at the NFL but failed to survive the cut after going to camp with the San Diego Chargers in 2005.

Current Bishop head coach George Luna was an assistant there when McCarty was in high school.

“Cody got recruited to TCU as a quarterback,’’ Luna recalled on Monday. “He had a great attitude, an awesome work ethic and he could really throw the ball.’’

McCarty was a four-year starter at quarterback at Bishop, throwing for 4,964 yards and 42 touchdowns.

Luna said he spoke to McCarty in the last year about returning to Bishop as offensive coordinator.

“He said he’d love to come home and coach in the future, but not just yet,’’ Luna said.

Luna added that plans for retiring McCarty’s No. 13 jersey at Bishop are already under way.

McCarty is survived by his wife Leyla and two daughters.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Walnut Ridge Baptist Church in Mansfield.