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Longtime Alabama trainer Sang Lyda died last week and memorial service is today

Memorial service for Sang Lyda will be in South Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium at 3 p.m. Thursday

Memorial service for longtime Alabama trainer Sang Lyda will begin at 3 p.m. CDT today (March 31) in the South Zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium. For those attending, parking is available in the triangle lot between Tutwiler dormitory and Greenwood Cemetery and in the parking lot West of Calvary Baptist Church (facing the side of the church, not the lot directly across Bryant Drive from the church entrance).

Here is the obituary for Coach Lyda:

Henry Newton “Sang” Lyda, III, longtime athletics trainer at The University of Alabama, died Wednesday, March 23, in Birmingham after a brief illness. He was born in Brevard, N.C., on Oct. 30, 1940, to the late Henry N. Lyda, Jr., and Sybil Smith Lyda, raised in Gadsden and Mobile, and had lived in Orange Beach in retirement. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the South Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

   He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Janie Seal Lyda; daughters Wendy Lyda Seabrook (Rex) of Montgomery and Leslie Lyda Marriner (Jobey) of Birmingham; grandchildren Frances Leslie Seabrook, James Landon Marriner, Lyda Jane Marriner, and Joseph Luke Marriner; and brother Harold Lindsey Lyda (Margaret) of Mobile.

   After graduation from Murphy High School, Sang earned his BS and MS degrees from Alabama, where he was a student manager. Following graduation, Coach Paul Bryant made Sang a permanent employee of the athletics department, where he served as associate trainer from 1968 until his retirement in 1995.

   He worked for Coach Bryant in football and was a part of six national championships; Coaches C.M. Newton, Wimp Sanderson, and David Hobbs in basketball; Coaches Joe Sewell, Barry Schollenberger, and Jim Wells in baseball; and athletes and coaches in all other Crimson Tide sports.

   Coach Lyda also taught a class in “Care of Athletic Injuries” at The University, served as faculty representative for the A Club, and was an inductee into the Alabama Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame.

   Sang was known for his unfailing optimism and support of Alabama athletes and his unmatched sense of humor, and he had the utmost respect of Crimson Tide players and coaches for his professionalism.

   He was surrounded by family at his peaceful end, and the family is grateful for the outpouring of love and sympathy they received.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Daniel A. Riley, Jr., endowed scholarship in memory of Henry “Sang” Lyda through the National Alumni Association, P.O. Box 861928, Tuscaloosa AL 35486 and The Alabama A-Club Educational and Charitable Foundation, 1830 4th St, Tuscaloosa AL 35401.


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