Orono Middle School track coach dies before practice

by Blaze Fugina

Sun sailor Newspapers

The Orono Middle School head track and field coach collapsed and died on his way to a practice at the high school on the afternoon OF April 25.

Bob Perry
Bob Perry

District Communications Director Gary Kubat said the middle school students were already at the stadium in Orono High School when 51-year-old coach Bob Perry, of Independence, was walking to practice in a parking lot. That is when Perry collapsed around 4 p.m.

“First responders were on the scene immediately,” said Kubat. “Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful at reviving him.”

Perry was the head track coach at Orono Middle School for six years and an assistant coach with the high school football team for four years.

Kubat said crisis teams were on site at the Orono middle school and high school on Friday morning to help students and teachers address issues with the sudden death.

Students painted a rock in front of the high school Friday morning in memorial for Perry.

“The rock in front of the high school, they painted that today and the football team is wearing their jerseys,” said Kubat.

Parents of students in the district were also sent an email around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday to notify them of the incident.


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