MoCo Mourns the Loss of Coach Roy Lester

Today we mourn the loss of Roy Lester (1923-2020)⁣

Coach Lester served the head football coach at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland from 1959 to 1968. During his tenure, Richard Montgomery compiled an 86–10–1 record, which included six undefeated seasons. Lester’s teams were considered some of the best in the state (there were no playoffs at the time)⁣

At the end of his stint at Richard Montgomery in 1968, he held a 25-game winning streak, and his 1968 team was ranked third in the nation.⁣

After a successful career at the high school level, he served as the head coach of the University of Maryland football team from 1969 to 1971.⁣

He later came back to coach at Paint Branch and Magruder.⁣

In 15 seasons at Magruder, he accomplished the following:⁣

• A record of 108-50⁣
• 2 state titles in 84 and 86⁣
• 4 playoff appearances⁣

Future NFL linebacker Mike Curtis, who recently passed away, was among the players under Lester at Richard Montgomery.⁣

Coach Lester was also the first person to have been given a “Key to the City of Rockville.”⁣

Our condolences go out to his family.

18 Comments on "MoCo Mourns the Loss of Coach Roy Lester"

  1. I was a 1962 RMHS (girl) graduate and will Always relish the Football memories and the unified Spirit and sense of Pride that Coach Lester instilled in our School.
    It was always so inspiring to see and talk with the Coach at high school reunions. I do not know how he could remember so many names. He always made you feel special and young again.
    They will need a huge stadium to hold all his Fans and former players. I am thinking Mike Curtis is there to show the way.
    Coach, you were our Rock Star and your legacy , victories and beautiful soul will never be forgotten. Play On.

  2. Peter Buranich | May 3, 2020 at 12:47 pm | Reply

    The years are wrong
    At the end of 1969 40-0. End of 1970 49-1 Losing to Wheat.

    • Melvin Vernon Still | May 19, 2020 at 11:49 am | Reply

      Roy Lester was a great football
      Coach at Magruder High School . He said to me? Hey
      Son Have you been Smoking
      Them Left handed cigarettes
      Lmfaooo 😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🥰👏🏾🙏🏾 RIP BALL COACH!
      LOVE YOU!

  3. Susan Studds | May 3, 2020 at 1:20 pm | Reply

    One of the finest man known to men

  4. teresa linton | May 3, 2020 at 1:58 pm | Reply

    coach lester was at RM when I started there. He was also my drivers ed teacher. A very smart, kind man and a great coach.

  5. Shawn Gasque | May 3, 2020 at 2:11 pm | Reply

    Great man prayers to the family. I played ball with his son Tommy when we were kids. Had a brother go to RM during his time there. Legend the man was.

  6. Don McKenzie | May 3, 2020 at 5:29 pm | Reply

    We have lost a great man! He was so widely respected not only at RMHS but at many of the MoCo high schools because they knew the Rockets were there to play some serious football. I went to many of the home games between 1961 to 1975 and loudly cheered our team! Roy Lester will be remembered for many, many years! RIP.

  7. I went to Magruder High and Coach Lester was my in-car driving instructor. I have never laughed so hard in my life. He was great! I’m so sorry for his family. Sending blessings.

  8. Randy Steiner | May 3, 2020 at 7:43 pm | Reply

    Prayers to the family. Was a ball boy for him at RM for years, hoped to play for him , he told me I was to small and would never be able to play for him. He went to U of MD and wasn’t really given the chance to show what he could do. I played at RM and against one of his Paint Branch teams. He gave me one of the best compliments I ever received as a player. After the game was over, he came directly across the field grabbed my hand and hugged me. He then said “Randy I apologize and I want you to know you could have played for me and I don’t like be made a liar” and started laughing. He was a class act and he will be missed. Thank you coach for all I learned from you both football and life lessons.

  9. Awww, I loved him! He taught me to drive in 1983, made us stop for cigarettes at 7-11, called the driving simulators “stimulators” and despite his “rough around the edges” attitude, actually ended up being a great teacher. RIP Mr. Lester.

  10. John T. Brown | May 3, 2020 at 9:03 pm | Reply

    To my fellow West Virginian:
    I enjoyed knowing you and following you at RM. You left many great memories with the school community, Montgomery county, and the state of MD. So many of us cherish your legacy. After you returned to Montgomery County, it was fun to prepare and coach against you – a huge challenge. Thank you for just being you. May you Rest In Peace and know you always did your best.

  11. Just a really good man and brilliant coach, will be tremendously missed

  12. It is not possible for me to put into words what it was like to be a player on the RMHS football teams in the years of 1966-1967, 1967-1968 and 1968-1968. But what I can say is that Mr. Lester was a coach far ahead of all of his contemporaries. And his pre-practice and pre-game talks were amazing.

    The last time I saw Roy Lester was at our 50th high school reunion and as always he was sitting with his players and their wives.

    Mr. Lester was a formative person in the life of many of his players. He was larger than life and often incredibly funny . He will be remembered and missed.

  13. Ralph Dodson | May 4, 2020 at 5:46 am | Reply

    We celebrate a long life for this great man. He let me come to summer practices with my brother. I would pick up chin straps on the ground. He said I was saving the school money. He knew every player before they ever got to RM. He was always around the kids leagues, to see what was coming to play for him. My condolences to the family. RIP Coach Lester.

  14. Coach was my PE instructor at RM during my sophomore and junior years. I will always treasure the firm, but fair, discipline coach meted out to each and every student in our class. He was a coach who looked out for the best in every student, seeking to bring out that skill or talent he knew we possessed. Thank you coach for all you accomplished in your career, and what you added to my life, both then and now.

  15. Bethany Kolostyak Szczesny | May 4, 2020 at 4:24 pm | Reply

    I was a student of Coach Lesters in drivers Ed. He was a great instructor, and a all around wonderful person. The memories of class still place a smile on my face, especially his antidotes. Prayers, Love and Hugs to the family, friends and those of us whose life he impacted. May the fondness we share help heal us all during this sad time.

  16. John Fahrner | May 4, 2020 at 10:31 pm | Reply

    coach roy lester was a part of my life for the last 61 years starting in 1959 when my father carl fahrner was an assistant football coach at rmhs. coach lester was bigger than life itself! i was in his seventh period football class in 1968.we watched film. i studied ,i listened to every word spoken by coach lester and used his basic offensive philosophies in my own coaching for40 years. coach inspired those tough twinbrook kids with a mere word ! chucky pine “hes tough as a pine knot” and i watched as an inspired chucky went out and destroyed had a photographic mind,which was his secret weapon on the field as well as the reason he never forgot a face,never forgot his players and is what has endeared him to the “roys boys”of the 60s who have met with him twice a year for the last 50 years! thanks mike c ,thanks bobby, thanks watty,thanks andy and mickey and mostly thanks lee b for never leaving his side!we all will take coach lester to our graves! THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES COACH!!!!!!!

  17. Greg Bishop | May 5, 2020 at 3:37 pm | Reply

    I was in the class of 1966 and had Mr. Lester as my PhysEd teacher. My sister Kathy, class of 1967, also had Mr Lester as her PhysEd teacher. My sister was an all around excellent athlete.I will never forget the day when Mr Lester stopped me in a hallway to say hello. He then said with a smile, and not in a hurtful way, “Greg, I hate to tell you this, but your sister is a better athlete than you.” He was absolutely 100% correct! He was a class act! I was at Maryland when he was hired as football coach and was hoping he would be successful there. Didn’t turn out that way, but people saw an excellent human being!
    RIP Coach
    Greg Bishop

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