MAUMEE (WTVG) - Coaches, parents and students held candles and shared memories for a longtime Maumee soccer coach.
Maumee High School Principal Matt Dick said not too many people knew the varsity boys soccer coach Doug Everhart was sick because he was a private man. Dick said it was a shock to many who found out at school on Wednesday that Everhart died the night before.
On the soccer field at Rolf Park in Maumee hundreds of people remembered the coach by lighting candles and sharing stories.
Dick said, "Doug could have put on clinics for how to coach with competitiveness, but also with compassion."
Erica Tullis and her sister played under Everhart. David Tullis, Erica's father said coach Doug wrote a recommendation letter for Erica so that she could play at UT. They remembered him with others Wednesday night.
"It was just always a great time to be at practice. It was about soccer to him," Erica said. "He wanted to make us better."
Everhart coached at Maumee for almost 20 years according to the principal.