Boys basketball Coach Jeremy Izzo died unexpectedly Friday night in his home. He had been a coach at Joliet Catholic for just one year, but the school's principal said he was already a beloved part of the community.
" Jeremy epitomized everything somebody would want to be. He was a wonderful son, as close to a son as I could have. He was a great person. He'd do anything for anybody," said David Aniballi, stepfather.
"Coach, he was like a player's coach, like you could come to him with anything, like he just wanted you to become the best, and I had a lot of respect for that," said basketball player Brequan Tucker.
"He was all about character. He was a man of high integrity and honesty, and he wanted his kids to be like that also," said principal Jeffrey Budz.
Izzo is survived by his wife, Mindy, and a 1-year-old daughter.