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Eagle softball coach Doug Corta dies

Former Eagle softball coach Doug Corta poses with an arrangement of softballs former players left on his lawn on Oct. 11
Former Eagle softball coach Doug Corta poses with an arrangement of softballs former players left on his lawn on Oct. 11 Photo courtesy of Jacki Corta

Doug Corta has passed away, his wife, Jacki Corta, wrote late Thursday night on the “Corta’s Caring Clan” Facebook page.

Corta, 47, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in March of 2014. He recently ended treatment and entered hospice care.

This journey has been one hell of a ride, and I can honestly say we took it with our head held high. Our faith was in the front, and we fought until the end.

Jacki Corta, Doug’s wife

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to the YouCaring page set up for the Doug Corta Softball Complex, which has raised $3,025 as of noon Friday. The complex includes an indoor hitting facility for Eagle softball players to use year round.

A college fund is also being set up for Corta’s three daughters. You can donate at this GoFundMe page, or to The Doug Corta Memorial Fund at Mountain America Credit Union.

Since taking over the Eagle High softball program in 2009, Corta has led the Mustangs to the state tournament six times. Eagle went 30-1 last spring on its way to a 5A state title, Corta’s first. It finished the year ranked as the No. 10 team in the nation, according to the MaxPreps Xcellent 25.

On Oct. 11, former players decorated Corta’s lawn with softballs displaying handwritten messages to the coach, which they then arranged into a heart.

Michael Lycklama: 208-377-6424, @MichaelLycklama

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