MILLBURN, NJ - In a message to the Millburn Educational Community, Superintendent Christine Burton announced that Millburn High School's Physical Education Teacher and coach has died.
Carmen Guarino, who had worked at Millburn High School since 2000, had been battling cancer over the past few months. Millburn Principal Dr. William Miron announced in his statement that in recent weeks, Guarino's condition had worsened, and he succumbed to the disease earlier today.
Both Burton and Miron said that Coach Guarino was beloved by students, staff and fans and that they send their deepest condolences to his family and friends.
At the time of his passing, Coach Guarino had previously been the Varsity Football Coach for many years, resigning in 2011. Guarino also currently coached the Bowling and Spring Track teams as well.
"Coach Guarino was the consummate educator," Miron said in his message. "His students and athletes learned much from him. He was respected and well-liked - indeed, I venture, to say, that he was one of the most popular coaches we have ever had at Millburn High School."
Miron continued, and said, "An old adage reminds me of him: 'Students won't care what you know unless they know that you care.' Millburn students ALWAYS knew that Coach Guarino cared. Indeed, he had one of the biggest hearts and was one of the friendliest people we knew."
The Millburn School District will share details of the memorial service for Coach Guarino with the public once they become available.