A little less than four years ago, Paul Briggs gave me a quote that basically summed up what he thought of his life.
Briggs, a former Orange Coast College football assistant and a high school coaching legend in Bakersfield, died on Monday at age 90 while in an assisted care facility.
He coached for 57 years, including 20 seasons at OCC. At Bakersfield High, he guided the Drillers to a 210-99-15 record. He was such a great mentor to many, and one of my all-time favorite people.
I am saddened by his death, but happy that he appeared to have lived such a full life.
"It's a good life," Briggs said in June, 2007. "I still look back on it and I wouldn't change a damn thing."
I interviewed Coach Briggs for a story in 2003, three years after I had written a column about following him on the sideline during a football game. He was very kind to me. He invited me to his home for dinner for the interview.