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Young suburban basketball coach passes away

October 8, 2010 10:00:00 PM PDT
In Joliet, students and faculty are mourning the death of a 29-year-old high school basketball coach.Many of them attended a vigil Saturday night at Joliet Catholic high school.

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.


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