Sun Devils Lose Former Football Star

Oct. 10, 2001

PHOENIX (AP) - Mark Lovett, a star football player for Arizona State in the1970s, collapsed on the field while coaching a high school team and died ashort time later. He was 46.

Lovett appeared to have had a heart attack just after the team's water breakMonday and died at St. Luke's Hospital in Tempe, Ian Moses, the MountainPointe High School athletic director, said Tuesday.

'It's a terrible loss,' Moses said. 'He brought passion with him toeverything he did. It was infectious.'

Lovett started at fullback for the undefeated 1975 Arizona State team thatwon the Fiesta Bowl to finish No. 2 nationally. He was co-captain and mostvaluable player for the 1976 Sun Devils.

He coached for 23 years and was working with running backs and linebackersat Mountain Pointe the past eight years. He also taught physical education.

'Mark Lovett was truly a player's coach,' Moses said. 'He thought of theplayers long before he would think of himself. Everything he did he did withlove for the kids.'

Survivors include his wife, Gayle, daughter Marki Jenel, 11, and son Nic, afreshman football player at Weber State.

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