FORNEY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Forney ISD is mourning the loss of a beloved Forney High School coach who passed away due to COVID-19 on Sunday, Dec. 6.

Jeremy Morgan was 44.

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The school district released the following statement on Monday:

“Forney ISD is deeply saddened by the loss of Coach Jeremy Morgan. Our thoughts and prayers are dedicated to his family, his friends, his students and colleagues. Coach Morgan influenced the lives of many people as he lived his WHY daily on campus. His impact on students and the community are deeply appreciated.”

Morgan was reportedly hospitalized in mid-November with COVID-19 and pneumonia.

Coach Jeremy Morgan (Credit: Forney ISD)

Morgan leaves behind his wife, Teri, and three children, Emily, Hannah, and William.

Will, a sophomore defensive tackle at Abilene Christian University, posted about the loss of his father on Twitter, saying, “I always knew this day would come but never would I be ready for it to be so soon. To the man who taught me how to be a man, I say thank you. All I have ever wanted to do is be like you, and never have I been more proud to call you my father. I love you, Dad. Rest in Heaven”

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Daughter Emily also tweeted, “before he becomes another statistic, my dad just died of complications relating to COVID-19. the next time you think about going out after you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, think about him, Jeremy Morgan and how no one else should have to go through this.”

“No one can say anything bad about Jeremy Morgan. It’s just who he is at his core,” said Greg Reed, Director of Athletics at Waxahachie ISD where Morgan started his coaching career.

He also played football when he attended Waxahachie High School.

“He was part of a historic state championship team here in Waxahachie,” said Reed.

Reed said Morgan made a career change about five years ago and got his teaching certification so he could pursue his true passion.

“I couldn’t hire him fast enough, once he got that done. It was great to get him on staff. He was as kid magnet from the beginning,” said Reed.

After a few years with Waxahachie, Morgan headed to Forney High where he became the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach.

“The people that knew him, in his journey to get into education and become a coach, they’re all better for it. Those people are glad that he had at least five years in this profession,” said Reed.

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