Beloved H.S. football coach dies in freak accident as students watch in horror
A beloved high school track and football coach is being mourned after a freak accident killed him Monday afternoon. Marion Adams, who coached and taught multimedia at Rio Linda High School in Sacramento, California, had been riding his bicycle home when he impaled himself on a half-opened parking lot gate, while waving to a student. The 52-year-old collided into the end of the gate, which entered several inches into his stomach. Despite the desperate efforts of doctors to save him and after two operations, Adams sadly passed away Tuesday morning.
Adams' loss has affected students and colleagues at the school as well as a community who remember him as a happy and good natured coach and educator. How sad!
I can't imagine how those who knew Adams must have felt especially since he was so well-liked by all his students. To lose someone who was happy and healthy so suddenly is a hard pill to swallow.
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According to CBS Sacramento, Adams is survived by his wife Kathy, his son Joe and daughter Sarah, as well as two grandchildren. His son, Joe, remains shocked by the whole incident and best describes it as a nightmare.
Adams' brother, David told the news channel that his brother attended Rio Linda when he was in high school and gave up a well paying job to teach at his alma mater. The family and the community mourns the loss of Adams as he's remembered as a teacher who loved his students and was always happy to see them do well. The school held a vigil for the missed coach yesterday and offered grief counselors to those strongly affected by his death.
It's unsettling that this man was simply commuting home when this freak accident occurred. I'm sure he didn't even see it coming himself, but at least he left with a great legacy and knowing that he was loved by many. Our condolences and thoughts go out to Adams family as they cope with the loss of a wonderful man.
Image via CBS Sacramento