By Gene Schallenberg

genes@itemonline.com

On the same day in which he watched one of his athletes compete in the state track and field meet, New Waverly High School track and field head coach Garey Peveto died while driving home from the event in Austin.

“Mr. Peveto was driving southbound on I-45 when he had a health issue near Shepard Hill Road and veered off the road just into some brush,” Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Josh Pullen said.

Peveto was transported to Conroe Regional Medical Center. However, doctors were unable to revive him, said New Waverly assistant superintendent Darol Hail, who met family and friends at the hospital.

“We were informed by the hospital that he did pass away,” Hail said.

Peveto has spent the past two school years as the track and field coach at New Waverly High School, coaching the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish at the 2010 state track and field meet.

Peveto also served as an assistant coach for the football team.

On Saturday morning, Peveto accompanied junior Johnathon Reece to the state meet, where the Bulldog jumper finished fourth in the high jump.

“He was a good, friendly guy,” New Waverly ISD superintendent Clay Webb said of Peveto. “He was good to the kids. It’s sad to see him pass like he did.

“He was a track coach. That’s what he liked to do. We were pleased to have him during his time here.”

Peveto is the son of Ed Peveto, a longtime football coach in Orangefield and Coldspring, who died early in the 1992 season as head coach of the Trojans.