CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Anderson High School Assistant Basketball Coach Danny Celenza died unexpectedly Thursday morning, principal Rob Fellows shared in a message to the AHS Family.
Celenza collapsed after lifting weights at the school and later died at Anderson Mercy Hospital, according to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer.
He had been at Anderson for seven years. Previously he was a basketball coach at Cincinnati Christian Schools.
Calenza was a husband and father of two, according to a GoFundMe page set up to cover funeral costs.
As of this writing, the GoFundMe has already raised over $50,000.
Jon Monroe, the GoFundMe’s founder and Calenza’s best friend, says Calenza lived a life that was “all about others.
“He was always coaching or spending time with his family and investing in kids’ lives,” Monroe continued. “His wife and kids meant the world to him, and he would light up a room by the way he talked about them. His number-one goal was to glorify Christ in all he did."
In his message, Fellows wrote: “Coach Celenza represented so much of what makes Anderson High School an incredible place for students. He was passionate about his work and he was dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of our students. His loss will be felt building-wide and throughout our community."
He went on to say that the district’s Traumatic Event Crisis Intervention Plan was activated to provide support to students and staff.
Additional school counselors, administrators, and staff were on hand at Anderson to assist.