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Vermilion Schools Announce the Passing of Sailors Head Football Coach Matt Kobal

Tragedy has struck Vermilion High School as the community is in mourning after the passing of Sailors varsity head football coach Matt Kobal.

Kobal was just 38 years old and passed on Friday according to the district.

Crisis counselors will be available to students on Monday at the high school. The likeable head coach was in charge for just one season, but made a huge impact among his players and the school.

The Vermilion grad was hired to be the new Sailors coach back in January. He coached the offense in Vermilion for two years before being named the head coach.

“Our entire school community is mourning the loss of Matt Kobal tonight. He was a wonderful teacher, colleague and friend. Vermilion High School will be open on Saturday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 AM for a memorial gathering,” a post on Facebook by the School District stated.

NEOSI extends their thoughts and prayers to the Kobal family, the Sailors football team and to everyone at the Vermilion School District.

Here’s a clip of an interview with Kobal from August talking about the upcoming season.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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