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Family Of Celebrated Coach Pays Tribute After COVID-19 Death

One can’t walk into the Ogden High School gymnasium or walk the nearby hallway without seeing how much of an impact Phil Russell had at the school. 

The Ogden Standard-Examiner reports the basketball court bears his name, the trophy cabinet in the aforementioned hallway is filled with trophies, basketball nets, balls and photos from Russell’s time as the girls basketball coach at the school. But son Mike Russell says none of those accomplishments came before his family. The Russell family remembered him at his funeral held this week following his death on Nov. 3 stemming from a battle with COVID-19.