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Fulcher, a West Campus High School coach, empowered kids to succeed

December 25, 2016 GMT

It was normal to hear honks and hellos ring out when passers-by saw Frederick Fulcher on his porch, daughter Kim Fulcher said.

He mentored many kids. “Everyone just called him ‘Coach’ she said. “He lived for people.”

Fulcher died Dec. 8. He was 83.

Fulcher grew up in New York and was raised by his aunt, Grace Cantie, after his parents died.

He joined the Air Force after high school in the early 1950s where he served as an electrician.

A few years later while meeting up with friends in New York, Fulcher met Patricia, his wife of 43 years.

“My dad admired her strength,” his daughter said. Married in 1956, the couple lived in Germany, traveled and had many adventures.

They left when Fulcher got orders for Kelly AFB.

He retired from the military in the late 1970s and went into civil service, working in cryptology, until he retired in 1995.


His family grew with the addition of a son and daughter.

Fulcher, a hands-on dad, helped his children explore their interests.

“Because of my brother, he started out as a volunteer coach; he just loved seeing people succeed,” Kim Fulcher said.

Her father went on to coach the Little Dribblers at Neil Armstrong Elementary School in the 1970s and later coached football and track at West Campus High School in the South San Independent School District. “He was a father figure to more than just his children,” she said.

If a student needed shoes, he would get them shoes, she said. If a child’s parents could not go to a sports banquet, Fulcher was going to be there for them, she said.

He did not talk about what he did to help out.

“The only reason we know is because of the stories told by others,” his daughter said.

During his tenure, Fulcher coached Devin Brown, who became the all-time high school scorer in San Antonio and later a shooting guard for the Spurs.

“He loved the game and he loved people,” his daughter said.

Fulcher was always there when you needed him, she said. Even if it was pouring down rain, he always made it to his grandson’s games, she said.

“He told me always to believe in yourself,” Kim Fulcher said, adding, “‘You are not going to take anything with you in death. The only thing that remains is your character.’”