Our Dear Friend "Coach," May He Rest in Peace
Last week while I was working on the TennisW software upgrade I decided to spend a bit of time trying to find out what our friend and TW supermod Coach has been up to as he hasn't been on TW in a while. This actually wasn't the first time I searched online and tried to catch up with him, along with multiple emails and PMs over the past few months. I know I wasn't the only one wondering where Coach has been. We were all hoping that Coach would be returning back to TennisW sometime soon.
Well, during my recent search I learned the very sad news that our dear friend Coach has passed away.
Coach first joined TennisW approximately 6 years ago, but he didn't start participating on TW until just under 2 years ago. Very soon after getting active on TW, within months, Coach had become one of this community's most active and dedicated supporters. You can see for yourself what the TennisW community meant to Coach in a message that he posted to his profile back in September of 2008: http://www.tennisw.com/forums/member.php?2737-Coach (scroll to the bottom of that page, the first comment in the visitors comments section of his profile).
It didn't take long at all after Coach joined TW for me to consider him a friend and just as quickly as a great friend. I always enjoyed chatting via PM with Coach on so many topics. I only knew Coach online... It's times like these that make you realize that life is far too short. I miss Coach and am sad that he's gone.
Along with Coach's passion for tennis I believe it's fitting to say that he had an even greater passion for music. I actually had the pleasure of listening to one of Coach's mixes that he made himself in his home music studio. Let me tell you, it was amazing. I was shocked even more to find out that every instrument in his "band" was being played by him. Somehow he had played the part of each instrument individually, recorded it and then mixed it all together into some incredible tunes.
Coach leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, mother, step sister, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.... and his friends here at TennisW.
One last parting word, this one from Coach (from his very first message posted to TennisW on 06-26-2008):
Originally Posted by Coach