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Former Souderton coach Drew Darrah dies at 80

Drew Darrah (center), pictured with Mike Pettine Jr (left) and Mike Pettine Sr. during a North Penn football practice in 2001, died on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. Darrah was head coach at Souderton from 1964-1997 and lead the Indians to four Bux-Mont League titles (Digital First Media file)

The area lost a coaching icon this week when former longtime Souderton coach Drew Darrah passed away in his sleep early Monday morning at the age of 80.

Darrah was a coaching fixture at Souderton High School, leading the Indians from 1964-1997. His squads enjoyed a tremendous run of success, as Darrah compiled an overall record of 223-127-9 during his tenure.

His offenses known for their tricky trap plays that constantly caught teams off guard, Souderton won four Bux-Mont League titles during that run, coming in 1969, 1988, 1992 and 1993.

Darrah was a three-sport athlete himself, competing in football, basketball and baseball in his days at Upper Moreland. He graduated in 1955.

Darrah also came out of retirement in 2001 to serve as a line coach at North Penn under then-head coach Mike Pettine Jr.

Darrah was inducted into the North Penn-Souderton Hall of Fame in 1995 and went onto Souderton’s Wall of Fame in 2010.

A football lifer, Darrah played college football at Millersville University and even played semi-pro with a variety of teams before becoming a coach.

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