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Once a Hornet, always a Hornet

Yulee remembers late football coach, Patrick Dunlap

YULEE, Fla. — "Once a Hornet, always a Hornet."

Those are the words long-time Yulee High School football coach Patrick Dunlap lived by.

Dunlap passed away in the early morning hours of July 5, 2019 following a 14-month-long battle with lung cancer. 

"He was the greatest person ever," his son, Patrick Dunlap Jr., said. "The G.O.A.T. He was the greatest coach Yulee's ever had. No offense -- I love all of them.

"He was a big believer in 'the more the upbeat the kids were, the better they felt about themselves, the better they performed.' He was huge into that."

Dunlap also served as a mentor for eventual Heisman trophy winner and current Tennessee Titan, Derrick Henry. He was so influential on Henry's life that, when Yulee High School commissioned a mural to be painted in Henry's likeness, Dunlap is featured right over his shoulder. 

"He's gonna be here forever anyway, though," Dunlap Jr. said, gazing at the mural through tears. "Don't need a mural for that."

Patrick Dunlap Sr.'s wake will be held July 9 at Green Pine Funeral Home and Cemetery. His funeral will be Thursday, July 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Fernandina Beach.