After Father’s Death, Basketball Coach Awards Son with Team’s First Place Trophy

Coach McCullough awards AJ the team trophy.

By: Sharon Aron Baron

A Coral Springs coach awarded one of their players with their first place trophy in honor of his father, and fellow coach, who was tragically killed this year.

Head Coach Troy McCullough gave Coral Springs Explosion player A.J. Lopez the team trophy at Coral Springs Gymnasium this past weekend in honor of his father Armando Lopez who was killed in a car crash in January.  Lopez was only 38 when he died after he was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95.

“I gave AJ the trophy at Coral Springs gym this past weekend in honor of his father and something to remember him by: about putting in hard work and where it gets you,” said McCullough.

After beating four teams to win the YBOA Memorial Day Classic, they won the tournament – along with the first place trophy. 

Lopez helped McCullough start this team, but when he suddenly died, McCullough said he continued the team, along with coaching his son.

He said the trophy was really the team trophy that the coach’s keep, but he gave it to AJ. 

Aj’s mother told McCullough that he has since placed the trophy on his fathers nightstand.   

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Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron
Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs and the rest of South Florida.

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