A longtime New Jersey highschool trainer and soccer coach died early Tuesday of problems from an emergency medical process, the district superintendent wrote in a letter to households and group members acknowledging the loss.
Drew Gibbs was 59 years previous. The Ramapo High School trainer and coach was taken to a hospital after struggling chest pains at soccer follow Monday, his family told NJ.com. A CAT scan confirmed a tear in his aortic valve and he underwent surgical procedure to restore it, NJ.com mentioned. He died of problems associated to that surgical procedure.
“Coach Gibbs was a respected and beloved faculty member and a pillar in our community who commanded respect from everyone. He was a fierce competitor and a polite, kind gentleman who was always a class act,” Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District Superintendent Dr. Rui Dionisio wrote within the letter.
“We are saddened by the loss to our school community and will make every effort to help you and your child as you need. Our sincere condolences go out to the family, friends, and loved ones,” Dionisio added. “Please join me in offering our thoughts and prayers to the Gibbs family in their time of sorrow.”
Disaster counselors and extra assist are being made obtainable districtwide. The close by Wyckoff School District additionally despatched a letter to households concerning the lack of Gibbs and mentioned it could make bereavement assist obtainable to anybody in want as nicely.
Gibbs was probably the most profitable highschool coaches in New Jersey, helming a Ramapo crew that received seven sectional titles in 21 seasons in addition to the final two regional championships, NJ.com mentioned. His all-time file was 183-51 as Ramapo’s head coach — and his crew had solely misplaced three video games within the final 4 seasons.
“Doing it with him was the best thing that could ever happen to me. I love him, he’s the best, just the best,” mentioned Gibbs’ son, Brian, who joined his dad’s workers as an assistant coach eight years in the past. “That’s why I did it, because I got to be with my dad everyday.”
Brian Gibbs went on to say that his father “loved every single kid he coached” and took pleasure in educating the gamers “how to work, he taught the kids how to do the right thing. One of the best to ever do it, one of the best people you’ll ever meet and my hero.”
Former NFL broad receiver Chris Hogan, who was within the league for 10 years and received two Tremendous Bowl rings with the Patriots, performed for Gibbs crew whereas at Ramapo High School, calling him “an unbelievable coach, who cared about everybody on his groups irrespective of how large or small their position was.
“He took young men and taught them how to play a game he loved the right way and gave them lessons we all could carry throughout our lives,” Hogan mentioned in a message to NBC New York. “Ramapo football was and is Drew Gibbs and I know his legacy will continue to love on in that program for a very long time.”
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Affiliation acknowledged his contributions in a press release mourning his passing on Tuesday.
“Today, New Jersey scholastic sports lost a true legend,” it mentioned. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Ramapo High School’s Head Football Coach Drew Gibbs. He was an educator, a mentor, and a role model, and our condolences go out to all who knew, loved, and were inspired by Coach Gibbs.”
Rutgers head coach, Greg Schiano, who briefly served as head coach of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, additionally provided his condolences to the household and mates of his New Jersey colleague, calling him a “great husband, father, coach and friend.”
“Coach Gibbs was a champion who helped countless young men reach their full potential in life,” Schiano tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Gibbs, his family and the Ramapo community.”
Funeral preparations for Gibbs haven’t been introduced.
The crew is scheduled to play a championship sport towards Northern Highlands on Friday.