The state Senate on Thursday honored longtime Coalfield football coach Garry Kreis who died in late March following a battle with brain cancer.

Sen. Ken Yager, of Kingston, introduced Senate Joint Resolution 306 on the Senate floor to honor the memory of Kreis, saying the coach "had a lifelong record of many contributions to the community." 

"While he was a certainly distinguished coach, I think the most important thing we recognize him by is his discipline and character," Yager said, "because not only did he coach these young men the fundamentals of football, but he coached them and mentored them in how to be good citizens and that matters of character were important."

READ: Senate Joint Resolution 306 honoring Coach Garry Kreis

The Senate passed the joint resolution 27-0. The House will also take up the resolution. 

Kreis played wide receiver for the UT Vols in the late 1960s, and had a short NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers. 

Kreis was an assistant football coach at Coalfield High School for seven years before becoming head coach. He spent more than 30 years total coaching at Coalfield. His last season was in 2007. 

"He leaves behind an indelible legacy for all of us, a good example of compassion and loyalty in private life, and diligence to all the endeavors that he chose to pursue in his very fine life," Yager said of Kreis. 

Community members are also working to have a stretch of Highway 62 between Oliver Springs and Coalfield named as the "Coach Garry Kreis Memorial Highway." They are also raising funds for a statue in his honor.