Earlier this month, the Weeki Wachee and Central High School boys basketball team and the Weeki Wachee girls volleyball team gathered to celebrate the life of a beloved coach, William Saffore, who passed away in early January. Since then people around the community have been sharing words of remembrance and their condolences.
William Saffore was a veteran and a speed and strength trainer. He started out by training his daughter which grew into a training program for youth: Saffore Speed and Strength.
Ken Clee McGee wrote, “Speechless. We’re not suppose to question our Lord, but man, this guy here did so much for my daughter and Pasco/ Hernando county to train so many athletes. Great mentor for us all. Just talk to him yesterday about training my baby before her college season starts. Life is so short. Every second counts, live it to the fullest! Love you coach William Saffore. Fly High!”
Additional remarks from his colleagues who gathered in his honor:
“Bill was a trainer, the guy giving you the last dollar from his pocket.”
“Bill loves all of his kids with his whole entire heart and he gave it all for them.”
One speaker quoted Saffore:
“Get better each day and take nothing for granted. Do your work. Stack the foundation on which you stand.”
The speaker concluded, “So I challenge every athlete, every person that he has ever played even the most minimal part in your life to remember those words, remember the effort and the passion that he gave you day in and day out and don’t let it go to waste.”
“Bill was a friend, a coach, a father figure, a mentor, a best friend, a lover, and a father.”