Washington Community High School is grieving after long time basketball coach, Kevin Brown, died from brain cancer Tuesday night.
Those who knew him, said the impact he made on athletes and students stretched far beyond the basketball court.
Brown was described by Washington Community High School Superintendent Dr. Kyle Freeman as a life long educator, who loved working with kids, teaching not only athletic skills, but life lessons.
“One of his greatest lessons was being able to fight through diversity which was evident in the way he handled this battle.” said Dr. Freeman
Freeman said Brown, who was in his 15th season with the Panthers, was tough on his players and expected excellence.
Brown was a successful coach. He took multiple trips to state tournaments. A few examples include one third place finish in 2007 for baseball and a fourth place finish for basketball in 2008.
But Freeman said he took pride in the smallest of victories.
“Maybe it was one kid who came out and just laid it all out on the line and so when you would talk to him about what his best stories were it was ‘ oh do you remember that time so and so and he would name a player did this tremendous thing that nobody expected’ that’s what Kevin saw as success.” said Freeman
Freeman said the school held a number of fundraisers to raise awareness about brain cancer while Brown and another teacher battled the disease.
“This unified rally around both teachers and we still see them as family and even though Kevin is gone, we’re going to miss him greatly and we’re always going to feel that loss.” said Freeman
Brown’s yearlong battle against brain cancer ended Tuesday night, but Freeman said Brown used it to teach his players and students that whatever life throws at you, keep moving forward.
“Kevin would want you to remember what he believed and how he believed that people should address difficult situations. He would expect everyone continues down their path to better themselves and to better the world around them.” said Freeman
There is no word on visitation or funeral services – this story will be updated.