Family members, students, and faculty at Rio Linda High School in California are in mourning after the sudden loss of Coach Marion Adams.
On Monday night (Mar. 4), Adams, the school's beloved football and track & field coach, was riding his bike home after practice and got into a freak accident. He was reportedly distracted while looking back to say farewell to a student when he crashed into a metal gate. Reports and witnesses say the coach was impaled by a metal rod. He was first discovered by a student who called 911.
After undergoing multiple surgeries Coach Adams was pronounced dead from internal injuries. Rio Linda High's varsity football team coach and athletic director, Mike Morris, told the Sacramento Bee, "Marion was the most popular and nicest man on campus; just a great guy. It's a huge loss, devastating to our community."
Adams is survived by his wife Kathy, his children Joe and Sarah, as well as his two grandchildren. He also leaves behind his mother, Edith, and seven siblings: David, Steve, Janice, Caroline, Betty, Lorraine and Mark.