Louis “Coach” Micheo
The youngest son of Basque immigrants Lou was born in Reno Nv and grew up in Gardnerville, where the Micheo family owned the Pyrenees Restaurant. Lou graduated from Douglas High School in 1952. Ever the athlete, he attended St. Mary’s College in Bakersfield Ca on a basketball scholarship and graduated in 1957 with a teaching degree.
He took his first teaching job at Garces Memorial High School in Bakersfield Ca. Lou Married Darlene Wilson in 1964 and they started a family. They left Bakersfield in 1968.
In 1968 Lou took what would be his last teaching position at Smith Valley High School in Smith NV. Lou taught History, Spanish and Drivers Ed as well as assistant Football coach, Basketball and track. Later he became the Head coach and led the Bulldogs to 152 game wins, 6 championships and was voted Coach of the year 6 times.
In 2001 Lou was inducted into the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame for his success as a coach and mentor. He was affectionately known as “The Dean of Football” in NIAA circles.
Lou’s love for his family, His friends and his students and the players on the field was obvious everyday. Lou had a wicked, dry sense of humor and could find the laughter in most situations. More importantly he had a way of making you see the humor as well.
Lou is survived by his daughters Angelle Nolan and Michele Thompson; his grandchildren Joshua Micheo, Destiny Doran, Devin Nolan and Kelly Thompson; his great-granddaughter Autumn Doran; his ex-wife Darlene Owen; his step daughters Peggy Robinson and Donna Hargrove; his sister Mary Abbott, many nieces and nephews and a legion of students and friends.
Lou was a large presence in our hearts. He is missed
The Memorial for Lou Micheo is November 14th at 2:00 P.M. at the Smith Valley Hall in Wellington Nv All covid guidelines will be in place