South Davidson football and wrestling coach dies

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Mike Crowell (WGHP)

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Officials said South Davidson High School football and wrestling coach Mike Crowell died of an apparent heart attack Sunday morning.

School officials said Crowell was in his fifth season as the school’s football coach and spent nearly 30 years in charge of the wrestling program.

“Mike Crowell, he was the epitome of what we do,” said West Davidson football coach Dale Barnes, according to The Lexington Dispatch. “He gave everything he had to the kids of South Davidson High School. My mind’s blown right now.”

Davidson County Schools issued a statement on Crowell on Monday.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Mike Crowell…,” the prepared statement says. “Our thoughts and condolences are with his family.”

Officials at the school did not say his age. He graduated from Denton High School in 1978. Funeral arrangements are pending.

The staff at the school said they are currently discussing ways to honor Coach Crowell during South Davidson’s football game Friday night. Officials said they are providing counseling and support for staff and students.

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