LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Former Eastern High School football coach Gil Sauceda is being remembered with a high honor.

The Lansing School District is dedicating the Eastern High School football stadium to Sauceda at a special ceremony on Thursday at 5 p.m.

The event is at Eastern Fields, adjacent to the Don Johnson Fieldhouse in Lansing. Several local community figures and members of Sauceda’s family will participate in the dedication ceremony.

Coach Sauceda passed away in 2018 at age 86.

Sauceda’s family says he was a great man both on and off the field.

Coach Gil passed away back in 2018 after losing his battle with prostate cancer he was 86 years old. His son Jimmy says his dad changed the lives of so many of his students and players.

“[He was a] great teacher, not only just a great coach but a great person. He was always so good to his kids and he treated his players and students like his own and he was there all the time for everybody. Four years ago my father passed in July of 18 and a lot of his former players came to see him and it really hit me then what fine young men these guys turned into,” Gil’s son, Jimmy Sauceda said. 

“The Sauceda family and all of the coach’s friends can testify to how dedicated and committed Gil was to the Lansing School District and the students at Eastern High School,” said Superintendent Ben Shuldiner.  “This dedication will be a celebration of Gil Sauceda’s life and is a reflection of how respected he was in our community.”

Eastern Football Stadium will now be called the Eastern Gilberto ‘Gil’ Sauceda Stadium.