Greece Olympia HS boys' varsity basketball coach dies

Updated: 07/16/2014 11:14 PM
Created: 07/16/2014 10:56 AM WHEC.com
By: Stephen Bond

The Greece Olympia High School boys' varsity basketball coach has died.

Olympia Athletic Director Kim Henshaw confirms 50-year old Steven DeRooy suffered a massive heart attack as he was leaving Roberts Wesleyan College in the Town of Chili Tuesday evening.

Deputies say DeRooy drove across Buffalo Road and into the yard of a home. We're told his car hit the house before coming to rest in the backyard.

Henshaw said, “He went above and beyond to ensure kids were able to participate. Every penny he ever made coaching went back to the program to fund summer leagues, buy shirts and benefit kids.”

DeRooy began his career in Greece in 1984 as the freshman basketball coach at Olympia High School. School officials say DeRooy is best known for his 29 years with the Olympia boys' basketball program, serving as the varsity coach since 1996.

Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams said, "Steve made significant contributions to Greece students and programs."

Counseling will be available for students and staff in the Olympia Auditorium from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

A remembrance ceremony is being planned for a later date.

To see reaction from DeRooy's former players, click play on the video player.

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