Football Coach: Sgt. Hood was "A great student"

Lakota West remembers Sgt. Hood (VIDEO)

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - The Lakota West community is remembering Sgt. Corey Hood after he tragically lost his life while parachuting in Chicago with the Golden Knights.

Members of the community stated how often Hood came back to Lakota West just to chat with students and faculty, and had even planned to parachute on the field for a football game. 
Stg. Hood's high school football coach, Larry Cox, who still coaches and teaches at Lakota, said he wants to remember and celebrate what an outstanding person Hood was.

Sgt. Hood was a war hero, who survived 5 tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"The world and Lakota West and everybody lost a great human being," said Cox.

Cox personally took five minutes from each of his classes to explain what made Hood special as a person in the classroom and on the playing-field.

"Average high school student, but a great student to have," said Cox. "He took what he learned, his lessons here, and he turned it into something really, really special."

"Wasn't a big kid, but he always had to prove himself," said Cox. "He was more heart than he was anything."

Cox believes Hood's heart is what led him to the army and longtime family friend Kim Gilley agrees.

"You just can't say enough good things about him," said Gilley. "He's an American hero in my eyes."

Cox said that through this tragedy, he wants Hood's legacy to continue.

"Now I think it's up to us to just not tell the story once but to continually tell the story and not let it rest to keep his memory alive," said Cox 

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