CORAL SPRINGS, FL – The athletic director of J.P. Taravella High School, Jason Stein, died Thursday of complications related to Covid-19, the school’s principal announced on social media.
“JPT Trojan Family our Beloved, Coach Stein, has passed away today due to complications from COVID,” Marietta DeArmas wrote on Twitter.
At the school, Stein stepped down as baseball coach in 2012 when he took over as athletic director at the school.
"He enjoyed coming out to practice and helping out all the players,” said Joe Giummule, the Taravella baseball coach.
"This still hasn’t hit me yet. I feel like it was yesterday when we were working on pick-offs and rundowns at practice,” Giummule said. “Of all the wins and losses, good practices or bad, what I’ll remember most is how highly he spoke of his wife Michele and his two daughters, llana and Hailey."
Tributes to Stein came from across Coral Springs.
Coral Springs Police Department said on its Twitter page: “Coach Stein was a dear friend to our department and many of our Officers. It is with a heavy heart we hear of his passing. Our thoughts and full support are with the students, faculty, and the family of Coach Stein. May he rest in peace.”
The school’s students also posted their reflections on Twitter.
“r.i.p to an amazing man…thank you for being part of my high school experience, it wouldn’t have been what it was without you,” wrote Kelsie Anne.
“RIP Coach Stein. You always made us smile. You will be greatly missed,” wrote Mark Trana.
DeArmas asked colleagues and friends to visit the school’s website at 8:30 pm Thursday and take part in a Zoom meeting to “pray or just be together.” Visit the website here.
Gary Curreri is a sports writer for TAPinto Coral Springs.
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