The AHSAA is saddened to learn of the untimely death of Deshler High School head football coach Jeffrey “Jake” Linville and joins with its member schools in offering condolences and to his family and extended family at the school.
Linville, 41, died Sunday at Collinwood, TN. He is survived by his wife Kim and two children.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Coach Linville, the coaches and players at Deshler High School and the entire school community,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “We offer our most sincere condolences and pray that God will sustain them in this time of such great loss.”
Coach Linville, a native of Collinwood, was in his first year as head coach at Deshler. His 7-1 team clinched the Class 4A, Region 8 football title Friday night as the Tigers won its seventh straight game of the season.
Previously he also served as an assistant coach at Wilson and Russellville and was head coach at Covington and Tipton-Rosemark high schools in Tennessee.
Funeral arrangements were not available Monday morning.