Chip Malone, former Warner Robins Demons basketball coach, died Saturday in an Atlanta hospital, according to his wife Cynthia Malone.
Shortly after his surgery, he became a spokesperson for heart disease. Malone’s event ‘Chip’n Away at heart disease Cardiac Car Show’ raises funds for the Georgia Transplant Association.
He coached at Warner Robins High from 1991-2009.
One of the players he coached, Jamaal Garman, now holds Malone’s former spot as coach.
“I didn’t want to believe it because the good ones always leave us early,” said Garman.
He knew Malone all four years in high school says the coach had a huge impact on his life.
“He definitely influenced me. He showed me that being a black male, I can be somebody,” said Garman.
Garman says though Malone was retired, he came to both home and away games.
“After a game, after a loss, he’s right there for me. He’ll shoot me a text and tell me, keep my head up. I’m going to miss that. I’m really going to miss that.
He says though the man he considered a super hero is gone, the lessons Malone taught him will rebound to his players.