Community Mourns Loss Of Coach, Teacher


UPDATED: Saturday November 9, 2013 10:05 PM

A central Ohio community is mourning the loss of a beloved math teacher, coach and friend.

Jeff Spradlin, 51, died suddenly Friday night at Madison-Plains High School.

District leaders say he was the head Varsity Boys Basketball coach and a social studies teacher there.

The superintendent of the district, Bernie Hall, says Spradlin always had a smile on his face and was a long-time leader in the district. He says news of his sudden death sent shockwaves through the community.

"He was always the guy with a smile on his face and he was always shaking hands with you," said Hall.

Hall says Spradlin collapsed inside the building and that a school employee tried to save his life.

"The custodian did everything he possibly could to stabilize him until the squad got there and I have a lot of respect for that custodian," he added.

Hall said Spradlin died a short time later from what Hall says appeared to be a heart attack.

Colleagues say the sudden death came just after Spradlin had given a passionate speech to athletes and parents about his expectations for the upcoming basketball season.

Hall says the grief stricken district must take it one day at a time.

"We will get through this we will miss our friend, but each day will get easier for us and we'll remember the good times," he said. Students, faculty and parents are gathering Saturday night tonight for a private vigil.

Grief counselors will be at the school Monday morning to help deal with the loss.

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